700 West C Street
Located along A and C Streets and North Loop Road, Village Park offers an amphitheater, walking trail, the Rotary Express train, a splash pad, playground, picnic shelters and open space. Each weekend throughout the summer, the park comes alive with the Kannapolis Summer Events Series, free, family-friendly events that include live arts, concerts, movies and storytelling.
Summer Entertainment Series
Each summer brings an exciting season of outdoor concerts, movies and storytelling brought to you by the Kannapolis Parks and Recreation Department’s award-winning Waste Management Summer Entertainment Series, now in its seventh year. Get details and schedules.
Village Park Building and Multipurpose Room
For your next special event look no further than the Park Building at Village Park! Perfect for wedding receptions, family reunions, rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, birthday, anniversary or holiday parties, bridal and baby showers and much more! The multipurpose room seats about 100 in an auditorium style seating and holds about 75 comfortably in a round table dining fashion. For Kannapolis residents, the rental fee is approximately $45 per hour. Features include:
- Park atmosphere
- Beautiful patio setting
- Sizable catering kitchen
- Full handicap accessibility
- Spacious parking lot
- Knowledgeable staff available for planning assistance
- Choice of caterer or provide your own food
The Rotary Express Train is a g-24 scale replica model of an authentic CP Huntington. The original CP Huntington was the first locomotive purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad, carrying that railroad’s number 1 engine. Huntington used the locomotive beginning on April 15, 1864, during construction of the western portion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in North America.
Our CP Huntington is number 262 of the 320 that have been hand crafted. This train has a history of serving families in the New Orleans, Louisiana area and was moved here just two weeks before Hurricane Katrina.
The Kannapolis Rotary Club donated funds for Rotary Station. Mr. J. Carlyle Rutledge, a longtime member of the Kannapolis Rotary Club, also generously supported the project and requested that the train go by the name Rotary Express. A coach is named in honor of Martin Marietta for their generous donation of stone that was used in the installation of the track.
Rides on the Rotary Express cost $1.00 and can be purchased at the Village Park concessions stand (cash, check, debit, or credit card). Punch cards may also be purchased in person or over the telephone from the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at 700 West C Street (cash, check, debit, or credit card).
Packages are available for groups combining a shelter rental with splash pad or train admissions.
Hours of operation vary by season. During the summer, the Rotary Express will operate seven days a week, Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Spring and fall hours are weekends only. Beginning May 30, 2014, the train will be open 7 days a week for the Summer 2014 season. Fall Hours of weekends only will be in effect beginning Sunday, August 24, 2014. For the most up to date hours of operation, please call the main office at 704-920-4343.
730 West C Street
Village Park Splash Pad is an aquatic recreation feature that offers endless combinations of interactive play through water that is sprayed, gushed, dumped and poured from the play products that create the play equipment.
The Village Park Splash Pad is designed for users of all age groups and abilities and although there are various types of play that require different levels of developmental skills, water is still the main element of fun. There are two age-specific areas designated at this Splash Pad.
- Ages 5 and under area — approximately 1,250 sq ft
- Ages 6 – 12 area — approximately 2,850 sq ft
Hours of operation vary by season. During the summer, the Splash Pad will operate seven days a week, Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Spring and fall hours are weekends only. Beginning May 30, 2014, the train will be open 7 days a week for the Summer 2014 season. Fall Hours of weekends only will be in effect beginning Sunday, August 24, 2014. For the most up to date hours of operation, please call the main office at 704-920-4343.
The daily admission rate for the Splash Pad is $1.00 per person and can be purchased at the Splash Pad gate. Parents accompanying children but not playing will be admitted free of charge.
Punch cards are also available for purchase. You can purchase 20 admissions for the discounted rate of $16.00 or 10 admissions for $8.50. These cards are transferable, may be used for groups and are valid for one season.
Punch cards can be purchased from:
- The concession window located at the Splash Pad (cash, check, debit, or credit card)
- The concession window at the main building at Village Park (cash, check, debit, or credit card)
- In person or over the telephone from the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at 700 West C Street (cash, check, debit, or credit card)
Packages are available for large groups combining a shelter rental with splash pad or train admissions. Special rates are also available for day cares and camps. Group rates may include shelters, splash pad admissions and rides on the train. Group spaces are limited. Please call our administrative office at 704-920-4343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space and schedule your outing.
Splash Pad Regulations
- At the Splash Pad, swimsuits are encouraged, but street clothes are acceptable. Cut-off shorts are not permitted. Shoes can also be worn and water/swim shoes are encouraged.
- Outside food and beverages (coolers) are not allowed inside the fence at the Splash Pad.
- An adult must accompany children under 12, and no child is to be left unattended at the Splash Pad.
- Children not potty trained must wear swim diapers while playing in the Splash Pad. For your convenience, these are available for purchase at the concession/admission window.
- Smoking is not permitted.
- No glass is permitted within the play area.
- Pets are not allowed in the Splash Pad.
- All other park rules and policies apply.
To contact the Village Park Splash Pad directly call 704-920-4339 or for general information, please call the administrative office at 704-920-4343.
For more detailed information on the splash pad to print, please click here: Splash Pad General Information
Village Park Amphitheater
Village Park Amphitheater, home to many popular summer events including the award-winning Concert Series and Movies in the Park, is also available for private rentals. The 45’ x 55’ covered stage can be used for music festivals, church choir concerts, special events and even as a corporate picnic shelter. Read more about amphitheater rental policies and pricing.
Village Park offers five shelters: Shelters A, C, and E are smaller with seating for about 24 each; Shelter D that can accommodate groups up to about 70. Shelter B is the largest and has seating for about 90 people. All four offer lights, power and grills. Shelter C can be reserved in two-hour blocks for birthday parties.
Go to the Shelter Reservations page for more information.
Restrooms & Concessions
Restrooms are open during park hours. Concessions (at the Village Park Building) are open in during the spring, summer and fall (Mid-March – Late October), generally during these hours:
- Spring & Fall – Weekend hours only while school is in session
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Summer – Daily hours when school is out for summer break
Monday – Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close the concessions without notice and during inclement weather.