Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resource

The Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department will preserve and enhance the quality of life with dynamic and accessible programs, facilities, services and the promotion of tourism. The department strives to create a strong sense of community through individual, environmental, social and economic impacts.

Established in 1995, the department offers a wide variety of service, leisure programs, activities and opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities. Park facilities, greenways and open space also provide recreational opportunities for citizens and surrounding communities.

To register online for Classes, Summer Camps, Programs & more click here.

Click here for the latest Newsletter from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Dept.
This newsletter contains information about Special Events, Classes, Programs & more!!

Click here to view the 2014 Summer Camp and Event Brochure

Click here for the Special Events Calendar

Click here for the Department Parks & Facilities Brochure -- Includes a map of Four Mile Creek Greenway

Click here for information about the McDowell Arts Center

Click here for information about the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews.

Tourism Grant Application Period Now Open!  Click here for the application.

Information about the 2nd Public Meeting for the Highway 51 Park Master Plan


Facilities:

Matthews Community Center
opened in 1907 as the Town's first public school. Over the decades, the classic brick schoolhouse was expanded to meet the demands of this growing community. When the aging building faced demolition in the 1990's, the Town of Matthews stepped in with a multi-million dollar restoration effort. Now a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmark, the Community Center provides a vital link between Matthews' picturesque past and dynamic future. The center also houses Fullwood Theatre - home of the Matthews Playhouse. Community Center Hours: Monday through Friday: 9 AM to 8 PM; Saturday: 9 AM to 2 PM; Sunday: 1 PM to 6 PM

Crews Recreation Center is the Town of Matthews' first indoor recreation center - it opened in 2006. The Recreation Center is located at 1201 Crews Rd. (behind Matthews Police Station). The Recreation Center offers a variety of programs, athletic leagues and classes to the Matthews community. Call for open gym hours.

McDowell Arts Center is located at 123 McDowell Street, adjacent to the Matthews Community Center. The former Agriculture Building was built in the 1920s as an extension of the old Matthews High School. In 2008 the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System transferred the building to the Town. The "MAC" is a dedicated space for the Arts!  The facility is home to a wide variety of art related classes and programs, as well as gallery space.   The McDowell Arts Center is also home to KidzArt and the Matthews Artists Guild! Call (704) 321-7275 for more information.

Matthews Community Center
100 McDowell Street
Matthews, NC 28105
704-321-7275
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Crews Recreation Center
1201 Crews Road
Matthews, NC 28105
704-708-1287
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McDowell Arts Center
123 McDowell Street
704-321-7275
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Department Contacts:

General Services
704-321-7275

Fax
704-321-3462

Michael King, Parks Manager
704-708-1288
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Colten Marble, 
Cultural Recreation Manager
704-708-1262
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Lee Anne Moore,
Special Events Manager
704-708-1261
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Karla Thornhill,
Recreation Program Manager
704-708-1289
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Corey King, Director
704-708-1263
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