Eli Whitney Recreation Center Unveils New Playground

Grant helps make new play area a reality in Graham


New playground partially funded by Impact Alamance grant.

Image courtesy of Alamance Recreation and Parks

Alamance County Recreation and Parks recently announced the completion of a new public playground at Eli Whitney Recreation Center, which is located at 4110 E. Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road in Graham. The playground was funded by Alamance County in combination with a grant from Impact Alamance. The project exhibits one of Impact Alamance’s primary funding priorities — building healthy environments to increase access to physical activity for children and families.

The playground was designed to reflect the culture and history of Eli Whitney Recreation Center and the surrounding community. The center is located in the renovated gym of the now-closed Eli Whitney High School, which began in a building previously used to house a cotton gin. The school brought together students from various smaller schoolhouses in the area. In 1931, Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party was founded to create a sense of community among families affiliated with the new school.

The new playground was installed in early April and includes a sunshade with picnic tables, perimeter benches, spring riders, multiple slides, two climbing features on the central platform, pod climbers, monkey bars and more. The main play area platform is designed to represent an old-time schoolhouse. It features panels with quick facts about the history of the original school and textiles in Alamance County; a quilt-patterned panel showcasing Uncle Eli’s Quilting Party, which just celebrated its 85th year; a panel about cotton gins with an interactive gear and crank mechanism for hands-on activity; and spring riders shaped like boll weevils.

Eli Whitney Recreation Center has been undergoing renovations and now features new landscaping completed in conjunction with the playground, as well as updated equipment in the fitness center. The walking track still circles the playground. The Recreation Center features open gym hours, fitness center hours and more amenities to come. The facility offers a great opportunity for families to enjoy a picnic, play, walk and have fun. 

Visit alamance-nc.com for more information.

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