City of Henderson, NC

Recreation and Parks

Henderson-Vance Parks and Recreation Department

Throughout the 1950’s general public recreational opportunities in both the City of Henderson and Vance County were extremely limited. There was no system of public parks nor were there any public recreational programs offered to Henderson or Vance County residents. Various civic clubs, and a semi-professional baseball league offered the only “public” recreational opportunities.

The growing need for community-wide recreation became more and more apparent and, as a result, a local Recreation Commission was established in 1970, with the first professional director hired in late 1970, early 1971. This Commission, in combination with many civic leaders and the local business community (particularly Harriet & Henderson Yarns, Inc.) set about the task of developing an extensive array of recreational programs, facilities and opportunities for Henderson and Vance County residents.

This “array” of recreational opportunities and facilities, which are proudly offered through the combined efforts of the City, Vance County and numerous other supporters and patrons, can be seen as you browse this portion of the city’s website.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department is to provide safe facilities, quality services, programs that are affordable, open and friendly, to enrich the overall quality of life for all residents.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department is to address the needs of our community (physical/cultural) through our current services, while  improving / increasing programs, parks and facilities to adequately  continue meeting those needs in the future.

Core Values

Customer Service
Improving the Quality of Life
Knowledge of Departmental Policy/Procedure

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Henderson-Vance Recreation & Parks Department is to provide quality facilities and promote leisure, recreation and cultural opportunities that will enhance the lives of all our citizens.


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