Brick walkways, fountains and green spaces create a beautiful community gathering place for concerts and special events. Striking features such as the eternal flame, granite Ring of Honor and Memorial Plaza monument and bronze wreath create an atmosphere of respect and quiet reflection in which to pay tribute to those who have served.
The Memorial’s eternal flame burns in honor of those veterans commemorated on the Ring of Honor. Surrounded by cascading water, the eternal flame is decorated with bronze plaques representing the five branches of military service, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps., and the Merchant Marines.
If you would like to be a part of this historic project, you can purchase engraved bricks in honor of those who have served. If you are purchasing a brick as a gift in honor of a friend or loved one, please let us know; we’ll be happy to complete the Certificate of Participation with their name so that you can present the gift to them. Download Veterans Park Brick Order Form.
For the complete history of Veteran’s Park click here (Link to History page)
Dale Earnhardt Plaza - 109 West A Street
Located on Main Street between A and B Streets, the one-acre Dale Earnhardt Plaza honors Kannapolis hometown hero and racing legend, Dale Earnhardt. The 900-pound, nine-foot-tall bronze statue is surrounded by walkways and gardens. Visitors can also enjoy a granite monument contributed by Earnhardt fans from Vermont and New York.
You can sponsor a brick in Dale Earnhardt Plaza to be a permanent part of the tribute. Download the brick order form.
Dale Earnhardt Tribute Numerology
When you visit Dale Earnhardt Plaza, make sure to note the many symbolic details:
- The granite base of the statue pedestal is divided into seven sections representing Earnhardt’s seven Winston Cup Championships.
- Seven steps descend into the Plaza from both entrances on Main Street also representing Earnhardt’s seven championship victories.
- Earnhardt’s 76 Winston Cup career wins are commemorated by the seat wall around the statue square in the center of the Plaza, which is designed for 76 granite sections. The granite sections are not yet in place, but they are on the fundraising list.
- The walk around the Plaza is shaped like an oval to represent a racetrack.
- The azaleas and day lilies around the center seat wall are planted in sets of three.
- The benches along the oval walk are also grouped in sets of three. Both represent Earnhardt’s car number.
- Eight lights shine on the statue representing the car numbers of Dale’s father, Ralph Earnhardt, and his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
- The statue of Earnhardt faces toward his home place and “Idiot’s Circle.” Idiot’s Circle is the area of town where teens in Dale’s day once drove around on the weekends to socialize. Dale is rumored to have learned to drive and turn left there.
Village Park - 700 West C Street
The award-winning Summer Entertainment Series, conducted in Cabarrus County’s largest amphitheater at Village Park, continues to attract over 45,000 people annually from Kannapolis and the Charlotte region.
In addition to the events at the amphitheater, the Splash Pad offers fun all summer long with its water cannons, geysers and jets.
- The Splash Pad will open Memorial Day weekend and be open Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sunday & Monday from Noon - 6pm.
- Beginning June 3, the Splash Pad is open 7 days a week. Mondays - Saturdays from 10am - 7pm and Sundays from Noon - 6pm.
- The last weekday the Splash Pad is open is August 27, it will stay open Saturdays and Sundays through September 10th.
- Labor Day Monday the Splash Pad is open from 12 noon-6 pm.
- Admission is $1.50 per person playing in the water.
Rotary Express Train
Visitors to Village Park can also enjoy a leisurely ride on the Rotary Express Train, a g-24 scale replica CP Huntington engine and three coaches.
- The Train will be open on the weekends beginning April 1. Saturdays from 10 am - 7 pm and Sundays from Noon-6 pm.
- Memorial Day Monday the train will be open from Noon - 6pm.
- Beginning June 3, the Train is open 7 days a week. Monday-Saturday from 10 am - 7 pm and Sundays from Noon - 6 pm.
- The last weekday the Train is open is August 27, it will stay open Saturday's and Sunday's through October 21st.
- Labor Day Monday the train is open from 12 noon-6 pm.
- Tickets to ride the train are $1.50 per person.
Village Park Building
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 $55 per hour. Please see our facility use policy or contact General Services.
Click here for a map of shelters in Village Park.
Bakers Creek Park - 1275 West A Street
Bakers Creek Park is designed as an active community park. This 40-acre park is open daily, though hours vary from season to season. Bakers Creek Park has picnic shelters, a large playground, a mini-golf course, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, a half basketball court, a lighted softball field, sports equipment available for rent, greenway access, and restrooms and concessions.
The lower court behind shelter 2 is open to the public at all times at no charge. The upper court between shelters 1 & 2 is for use by people renting the picnic shelter adjacent to it.
Four lighted tennis courts are available for public use. There is no charge for use during daylight hours, $1.00 per person for each court for advanced reservations and/or for lights. Tennis equipment is available for a small charge.
Miniature Golf Course (putt-putt)
$1 per person per game. Children under 5 are free.The miniature golf course is open only when the concession stand is open, generally during the following hours: Spring, Summer and Fall (Mid-March – Late October) Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. These hours correspond to when the ball field are in peak use. The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close the concessions and the miniature golf course without notice. Also, please be aware that during times of inclement weather the concessions will be closed and miniature golf will not be available.
Equipment may be rented for $1.00 per hour at the concession stand. A valid photo ID is required.
Restrooms & Concessions
Restrooms are open during park hours. Concessions are cash only and are open in the evenings and on weekends during the spring, summer and fall (Mid-March – Late October), generally during these hours: Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sundays: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. These hours correspond to when the shelters are in peak use. The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close the restrooms without notice and during inclement weather.
Click here for a map of shelters in Bakers Creek Park
Walter M. Safrit Park - 1314 Bethpage Road
Safrit Park is a 17-acre athletic facility with a playground, picnic shelter, two softball fields, a soccer field, a ½ mile paved walking trail, restrooms, and concession facilities. The park is open daily, though hours vary from season to season.
Vietnam Veterans Park - 760 Orphanage Road
Vietnam Veterans Park (Formerly North Cabarrus Park) is a 90-acre park located in the southern part of Kannapolis. It opened in 2002 as a joint effort with Cabarrus County, City of Kannapolis, and the Church of God Children’s Home. The park is operated by Cabarrus County.
Features of this serene park include: playgrounds, 4 picnic shelters, picnic sites, volleyball court, 2 basketball courts, free standing bench swings, horseshoe pits, a 9-hole disc golf course, a boardwalk, a 1.2 mile walking trail, bocce courts, a wetlands trail, and a restroom building.For more information about Vietnam Veterans Park, go to the Cabarrus County website.