Your Favorite Spartanburg County Playgrounds Are Reopening May 31st

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Have you been eagerly awaiting the reopening of the playgrounds at your favorite parks? Spartanburg parks are managed by several different agencies. These offices have begun looking at what it will take to safely re-open the parks and playgrounds and we will keep this information updated.

Spartanburg County Parks Department

The parks managed by the Spartanburg County Parks Department will be opening on May 31st. This includes the athletic facilities and the splash pads, as well as the playgrounds.

To ensure the safety of participants and staff, the Spartanburg County Parks Department has suspended the following programs until further notice:

  • Senior Adult / 50+ Wellness
  • After Class Enrichment
  • Recreation Programs
  • Special Events

The following facilities will be closed until further notice:

  • All Community Centers to include indoor fitness centers
  • Chesnee Community Center
  • Cleveland Park Event Center
  • Timken Community Center
  • TW Edwards Community Center
  • Woodruff Leisure Center
  • Lake Cooley Outdoor Education Center – This includes rentals of kayaks and stand up paddleboards at the lake.

The Department will be honoring existing rentals at community centers and picnic shelters, but will not be accepting new reservations at this time.

City Of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation

The City announced yesterday that the parks they manage will remain closed for the time being.
The parks under city management include:

  • Airport park
  • Andrews farm park
  • Barnet Park
  • Chapel Street Park
  • Downtown Pocket Park
  • Duncan Park
  • Happy Hollow Park
  • Hillcrest Park
  • HotSpot Park
  • Hub City Art Park
  • Irwin Park
  • Priscilla Rumley Park
  • St Matthews Park
  • South Converse Park
  • Stewart Park
  • SummerHill Park
  • Willow Oaks Park
  • Denny’s Plaza Playground
  • Rail Tail Dog Park – is OPEN

Remember social distancing and other precautionary measures should still be followed while at the parks.

A complete list of Spartanburg Park locations and the information regarding who they are managed by can be found online.

Kidding Around Readers Share Their Favorite Spartanburg Park Locations

Are you looking for the best parks in Spartanburg County? We reached out to Kidding Around Spartanburg readers to find out which area parks their family loves and why, and we’ve put together a list of the best parks in Spartanburg County based on their suggestions. Whether you’re looking for a park with a giant playground or one with a great walking trail, you’re sure to find it on this list!

Want more info on local parks, gardens and outdoor activities near Spartanburg? Check out our Outdoor Activities Guide!

Spartanburg County is home to several outstanding parks that each offer unique features. For example, some parks are perfect for hot summer days because they offer splash pads, while others offer lots of shade. Other parks offer walking trails or disc golf courses. No matter what your family is looking for, there is sure to be a park that meets your family’s desires.

Tyger River Park

195 Dillard Road, Duncan

Within this large sports complex, there is a great park for kids to run, climb, dig in the sand, and get wet.

Ashley R. says, “It’s big, has a splash pad, and has shade!”

Amanda H. says, “We love Tyger River Park because it has two age divided playgrounds, a climbing pyramid, and a splash pad along with walking trail and disc golf. It’s just a great selection, and it’s really close to our house.”

Tyger River Park in Spartanburg County

Downtown Memorial Airport Park

500 Ammons Road, Spartanburg

The City of Spartanburg’s airport park is located right by the Downtown Memorial Airport, and the park is aviation-themed! In addition to the fun airplane theme, there is also a splash pad.

Kayla L. says, “Airport is our new favorite.”

Note: The splash pad is slick so we recommend water shoes that grip well and to watch your kids carefully to make sure that they don’t run in the area.

Downtown Spartanburg Airport Park

Happy Hollow Park

Glendalyn Avenue between South Fairview Street and Connecticut Avenue, Spartanburg

Hidden within Converse Heights, this fenced-in park is well-loved by the community and is open to visitors.

Kristie M. says, “Happy Hollow – shaded, fenced in, a short walk from parking to play.”

Heide W. says, “Happy Hollow…because shade.”

Happy Hallow Park in Spartanburg County

295 Park

2100 Southport Road, Spartanburg

A reader describes this park as “a little playground on Southport near Big Lots. The park has soccer fields and baseball fields. The playground got rebuilt within the last year or so.”

*Recommended by a local kid!

Cleveland Park

141 N. Cleveland Park Drive, Spartanburg

Located in the middle of Spartanburg, Cleveland Park is a gem. This large park offers a nice playground, as well as a lake and walking trails. It is the perfect park to visit to have a picnic.

best parks in Spartanburg County Cleveland Park

Miracle Park at North Spartanburg

1160 Old Furnace Road, Boiling Springs

North Spartanburg Park in Boiling Springs is also home to Miracle Park. Miracle Park is a fun and unique park with a 100% handicapped accessible playground. The playground is designed with ramps and a rubber surface.

*Recommended by a local kid!

Boiling Springs Community Park

182 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs

Located behind a fire station and across the street from Walmart, this enclosed local park is also a fan favorite. It has a playground and a walking trail.

Blair T. says, “Boiling Springs community park is our favorite.”

Boiling Springs Community Park Spartanburg County

Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park

591 McMillin Boulevard, Boiling Springs

This sports complex also includes a huge fenced-in playground area. Additionally, it offers a disc golf course and a wooded trail.

Audrey S. says, “Va-Du-Mar McMillian Park is always a favorite. It has one large playground and another one on the right when you first pull in. Not a lot of shade but they do have trails that are used for disc golf. I take the kids up in there. There’s also a little creek that the kids like to play in. Lots of soccer fields, and I believe tennis courts. Also has a nice bathroom, only downfall is that it is a hike with small kids to walk.”

Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park in Spartanburg County

My Family’s Personal Favorite Park . . . Anchor Park

My family lived in Boiling Springs for several years. When we lived in Boiling Springs, our favorite park to visit was Anchor Park at Lake Bowen. This park offers a large fenced-in playground overlooking beautiful Lake Bowen. Additionally, it has ample amounts of shade and separate play areas for little ones and big kids. Even though we live on the westside now, we still take trips to this park.

Anchor Park at Lake Bowen
8515 Highway 9, Inman

Anchor Park at Lake Bowen in Spartanburg County

Did your favorite Spartanburg County park make our list? Let us know which parks you recommend in the comments!

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at
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