The City of King recognizes the important role recreational opportunities play in our quality of life. King has committed itself to provide plentiful and diverse opportunities for our children, our families, and our visitors to enjoy themselves through the use of our facilities. Through active athletic facilities, picnic shelters, walking trails, and our passive park system, the City of King maintains a strong commitment toward meeting our recreational needs.
The City of King operates an active recreation park known as Recreation Acres. It is located at the intersection of West Dalton Road and White Road, and contains a two story community building which may be rented for civic and social activities by calling 983-6606. A deposit is required for all rentals which is returned if the facility is left clean and undamaged, and the key is returned. A picnic shelter with grills is also available for reservation.
Six lighted ball fields are host to a number of baseball and softball leagues for youth and adults. While the city owns and operates these fields, the leagues are organized and run independently by dedicated community volunteers. A very popular youth football league is hosted at Recreation Acres as well. Recently, the soccer field was treated to new grading and turf. This field is host to some of the youth soccer schedule.
In addition to the organized leagues, Recreation Acres has a very popular lighted walking trail, a "par course" training area, a tennis court, and a basketball court. A new children's play area has just been completed.
Opening in the Fall of 2001, Central Park is an ambitious passive park project of the City of King. This beautiful natural wooded area contains a pond, and is adjacent to King Elementary School. The park includes a beautiful outdoor amphitheater, a historic log cabin, numerous walking trails that wind their way around a lake complete with decks and park benches. Central park is a peaceful place to bring your family for quiet picnics and other gatherings. Because Central Park is designed to be a passive, natural park, skateboards and bicycles are not permitted.
Stokes Family YMCA
The City is proud to support the local YMCA and its recently constructed state-of-the-art facility. The new YMCA facility includes an aerobics studio, cardiovascular center, indoor track, racquetball courts, indoor pool, basketball and volleyball courts, Nautilus and free weights, and whirlpool, steam and sauna. Programs include before and after school child care, swimming lessons for adults and children, youth and adult sports, water exercise, senior programs, teen programs, summer day camps, and aerobic classes. YMCA Camp Hanes is also located in the area surrounding King.
King Public Library
The King Public Library, 101 Pilot View Street (336) 983-3868, is a member of the Northwestern Regional Library. The library provides a variety of services including books, magazines, audiocassettes, and videos. The library also has several public computers which may be used for word processing and to access library-owned CDs including encyclopedias, typing tutorial program, etc. The library also provides public access to the Internet. Other services include preschool storytime, a Summer Reading Program for children and young adults, and a public meeting room.
Other Acitivities of Interest to King residents include:
- The American Legion Post and county fairground provide facilities for many events including the annual King Fair.
- Horne Creek Living History Farm is a "historical laboratory" ... a 100-acre, operational farm using circa 1900 tools, household items and even breeds of livestock and varieties of plants which were available to farmers of that era.
- The Dan River offers dramatic and pastoral scenery ranging from rocky cliffs to rolling pastures on its course through Stokes County. The five access points enables canoers, rafters and tubers to select the length of their trip.
- Local artisans and craftspeople as well as internationally known artists exhibit their works at the Dan River Art Market.