Town of Elon Recreation and Parks
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Department History

The Town of Elon provides services at two parks. Named after two distinguished citizens, Beth Schmidt and Lawrence Slade, the parks offer facility rentals, free events, and many community programs year-round. Beth Schmidt served the Town of Elon for over thirty-years in various capacities, including Town Manager and Mayor. Lawrence Slade, was one of the longest serving Aldermen in Elon history, serving 20 years before his retirement in 2011.
The well-visited Beth Schmidt Park (Schmidt Park) opened in 2005 and was the town’s first recreational facility. It boasts the one of largest playground in the area, with a 72 component playground set, of which 67 components are special- needs accessible. This fenced-in playground provides safe play for 2-12 year olds under adult supervision. Other amenities include a walking trail, and indoor and outdoor rental facilities with restrooms. In 2006, the Town opened Alamance County’s first dog park which is located at the park. K-9 Corner offers leisure and active play areas for properly socialized and vaccinated canines under the watchful eyes of the owners.
Morgan Place Park was purchased from Alamance County in 2008 and renamed Lawrence Slade Park at Morgan Place (Slade Park) in 2012. Slade Park received a complete renovation in 2014 and offers a collegiate size, Frank Haith, Jr. outdoor basketball court, amphitheater, picnic shelters with nearby restrooms, bocce ball courts, corn hole courts, walking track, and a playground for ages 2-12 to enjoy with adult supervision.