Drive southwest of Walnut Cove, onto North Carolina Highway 65 and a person will pass a beautifully landscaped park, full of playground equipment, a volleyball net, benches, a large covered shelter and gazebo often used for parties and community events.
Built in the mid-1980s, Germanton Park is owned by Stokes County and overseen by a band of volunteers.
The park is designed with two popular walking trails that loop around its perimeter.
In the summer months, Germanton Park offers Backyard Bible Clubs, and twice a year, the park hosts community breakfasts with volunteers arriving as early as 4:30 a.m. to make the event successful.
In April, Germanton Park became the first in Stokes County to offer a handicapped-accessible playground.
Through Inspire Stokes County, a volunteer group formed to provide support for parents of special needs children, the organization purchased two wheelchair-accessible swings and two hard-backed swings. The playground equipment is specifically designed for children with balance issues, blind, or with cerebral palsy. Germanton Parks plans to continue making the park inclusive for all children.
To reserve shelters at Germanton Park, call 336-413-5321. The rates are $15 per hour for the large shelter and $10 per hour for the small shelter.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-591-8191.