Freedom Park & The Playground of Our Future began in 1996 with the formation of the Eden Park Committee. After several years of dreaming, planning, and designing, the committee was awarded a $150,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The grant was matched equally by the City of Eden and the two gifts provided the funds needed to launch the first phase of park development in the fall of 2000.
The 58-acre park boasts:
- a quarter-mile paved walking track
- 3 baseball fields
- a nature trail
- picnic shelters with bathrooms
- picnic tables
- horseshoe courts
- a sand volleyball court
- a multipurpose field
- a children's playground
- an amphitheatre
- a skate park
The complex features three top-quality fields consisting of Tifton 10 Bermuda outfields, brick dust infields, dugouts, concession building, bathrooms, warm-up area and outfield fencing at 300' in left and right fields and 315' in center field. Infields have been designated to adjust base paths from 60', 65', 70' and 80'. The adjustable base paths will allow various organizations the opportunity to use the field for tournament play. Additional features include portable baseball mounds, bleacher seating and batting cage.
The complex may be rented out for tournaments. The fee includes use of lights, initial field set-up, bases, restroom, score buildings and scoreboards. Additional field preparation requests must be made in advance for a fee. A deposit is required to hold a reservation. For more information on renting the ball field complex, contact Terry Vernon, Athletic Director, at (336) 623-2110, ext. 3026 or email email@example.com
Picnic Shelter Rental
The picnic shelters at Freedom Park are available for rental from March to November. The capacity for the shelter #1 is approximately 72 people. There are 12, 6 foot tables and two grills located there. Shelter #2 will hold around 42 people. It has 6 tables, a grill and bathrooms and is located across from the skate park.
Shelters can be rented from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., from 3:30 p.m. until closing time or all day for a fee. Reservations may be made by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at (336) 623-2110 ext 3030. Payment is due at the Parks & Recreation office located at City Hall within five days of making reservation.