The first of ten parks on our tour, General Lee Park is named for General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army. This beautiful neighborhood park is a throwback to earlier times, like in the movie Sandlot. During the summer, the park hosts outdoor family movies on many weekends. Watch local media for “Happenin’ in Haymount” or “After Dark in The Park”.
Rowan Park is the second park on our tour and is on the west end of Linear Park greenspace which winds through downtown Fayetteville. Until Festival Park was built this was the primary site for outdoor concerts in Fayetteville, and it still hosts outdoor entertainment regularly.
Rowan Park and adjacent Rowan Street are both named for Robert Rowan (circa 1738–1798), one of the area’s leading public figures of the 18th century. A merchant and entrepreneur, he settled in Cross Creek in the 1760s, he served as an officer in the French and Indian War, as sheriff, justice and legislator, and as a leader of the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. We will visit his grave later in our tour.
Located in Cross Creek Park, this statue honors Fayetteville’s namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville is said to be the first of many American cities or counties named for this Revolutionary War hero and the only U.S. “namesake” location the Marquis actually visited.
In 1765, early settlers discovered the bounty of Fayetteville’s Cross Creek. The settlement they established along this rich water source would become part of the city of Fayetteville.
Today, thanks to Cross Creek Linear Park, you too can enjoy the sparkling beauty of Cross Creek, while you learn more about the story this area has to tell.
Winding along Cross Creek – skirting downtown Fayetteville – this magnificent “greenway” highlights the natural beauty of the area, while connecting historic sites and points of interest along the way.
A historic marker notes the spot where Fayetteville’s Independent Light Infantry – the oldest militia unit in continuous existence in the south – once marched.
In 1765, early settlers discovered the bounty of Fayetteville’s Cross Creek. The settlement they established along this rich water source would become part of the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Today, Linear Park winds along Cross Creek, skirting downtown Fayetteville. This magnificent “greenway” highlights the natural beauty of the area, while connecting historic sites and points of interest along the way.
Festival Park, located at the corner of Ray Avenue and Rowan Street in downtown Fayetteville, has been described as the “crown jewel of downtown.” Consisting of 14 acres, it opened in April 2007, and created a class venue consistent with the quality of life that is our community’s hallmark.
Veteran’s Park is a 21st Century park that was designed for reflection and celebration – with bold, unique, and captivating exhibits – this 21st century park is a place where veterans can gather… and where every visitor can share the moving tribute of a grateful state, honoring those to whom our nation owes its freedom.
Freedom Memorial Park is located at the corner of Hay Street and Bragg Boulevard directly across from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and features five separate memorial monuments: World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the All Services Dedication Monument. The Park celebrates the service and sacrifice of those who have served this country. Freedom Memorial Park has been the site of Fayetteville’s Memorial Day ceremony since 2005.
Brandts Lane Park, located at 647 and 653 Brandts Lane is a terraced private garden behind the private residence located at 204 Hillside Avenue.