Crowder District Park has three picnic shelters. Each shelter has several picnic tables, a large charcoal grill, and playground nearby. Restrooms are located in the pavilions near each shelter and are accessible from nearby parking spaces.
Reservations can be made through the park office during business hours. Please call our reception desk at 919-662-2850. Shelters are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are only rented out to one group per shelter per day. Unreserved shelters may be used free of charge. Shelter reservations are in effect RAIN or SHINE!
The Robin shelter is the smallest shelter in the park. It is located near the lower parking lot across from the large playfield and volleyball court. It is equipped with one large charcoal grill and a gravel pad for gas cookers. There is a small playground next to the shelter, and restroom facilities are nearby. This shelter is closest to the boardwalk and great for turtle watching.
Capacity: 25 persons
The Cardinal shelter is the medium-sized shelter located near the upper parking lot beside the large playground. It is equipped with one large charcoal grill and a gravel pad for gas cookers. This shelter is closest to the largest playground in the park, and restroom facilities are in the upper park pavilion. The Cardinal Shelter also has one electrical outlet.
Capacity: 50 persons
The Heron shelter is the largest shelter in the park. It is located near the lower parking lot near the lower pavilion restrooms. This shelter offers the best view of the pond, has a small green space and a playground nearby. It is equipped with one large charcoal grill and a gravel pad for gas cookers. The Heron Shelter has two electrical outlets as well as lighting.
Capacity: 100 persons
· All visitors using shelters must follow all park and shelter rules.
· Please do not feed the wildlife. Animals of the park (including our squirrels) have developed foraging skills used to obtain food containing the nutrients needed for proper growth and development. A diet of cereal, bread, chips, etc., can lead to poor health and can lower life expectancy. Please save all human food for the humans!
· Please recycle and dispose of trash properly! Recycling bins and trash cans are located at each shelter as well as throughout the park.
There are opportunities to have an enjoyable picnic at the park without the need to reserve a shelter. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also check out our Eagle Scout picnic area – a gravel pad with two picnic tables and small grill located between the Robin Shelter and lower restroom facilities. Remember, the same rules apply for using the picnic tables as for the shelters.