Bladen County North Carolina


Parks & Recreation



What's Happening 

   We want your input!

With the help of East Carolina University, Bladen County Parks and Recreation is in the process of creating a master plan for parks and recreation in the county and we need your help. We are trying to learn what county residents want and need in parks and recreation services. We are interested in the opinions of all those in your household – seniors, adults, teens, youth – and ask that each of them complete a short survey online. It should only take about 8 minutes. Please click below to take the survey!

Master Plan Survey!   


2017-2018 Registration Dates

Soccer Registration - July 17, 2017 -September 1, 2017

Football/Cheerleading Registration - August 07, 2017 - September 08, 2017

Basketball Registration - October 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017

BlastBall Registration - February 5, 2018 - March 9, 2018

Softball Registration - February 5, 2018 - April 6, 2018

Baseball Registration - April 2, 2018 - May 4, 2018



Grand Slam Batting Cages

Regular Hours / Fee Schedule / More Info (Pics)

404 4th Street, Bladenboro, NC

(located in the National Guard Armory Building)


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all Bladen County residents by providing a wide variety of leisure and cultural activities, special events, excellent facilities and services that encourage health, fitness, relaxation, enjoyment and learning.

We strive to enrich and improve the well-being and quality of life for present and future Bladen County generations through the sound planning, development, maintenance and preservation of quality programs and an excellent recreation staff.

We support and encourage the F.U.N. Principles in all our Youth Programs.

Fun - Making sure every participant has fun while learning to play the game the right way.
Understanding - Every participant will learn the proper rules of the game and the concept of teamwork, self-esteem and good sportsmanship.
Never Quit - Participants learn to work hard and never give up no matter what the score.



DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL - League play begins in May and ends in July for boys ages 13-14.  Games are played at the Bladen County Park.

BLASTBALL (T-BALL) - League play begins in April and ends early May. League is for boys and girls ages 3-5.  Games are played at the Bladen County Park. 

 - League is for girls - ages 5-7.  League play beings in May and ends in July.  Games are played at the Bladen County Park.

FASTPITCH GIRLS SOFTBALL - League is for girls - ages 8-10, 11-12 and 13-15.  League play begins in May and ends in July for all ages.  Games are played at the Bladen County Park.  All Leagues are Fast-Pitch.

YOUTH SOCCER  For children ages 5-14.  League begins in September and ends in October.  All games are played at the Bladen County Park.  League age divisions are  5-7, 8-10, 11-14.

TOT SOCCER - For children ages 3-4. League begins in September and ends in October. All games are played at the Bladen County Park. 

League play begins in mid-October and ends in late November.  League age divisions are 7-9, 10-12.  Games are played at the Bladen County Park.

League play begins in mid-October and ends in late November. League is for boys and girls ages 5-7.  Games are played at the Bladen County Park.

YOUTH CHEERLEADING - League play begins in mid-October and ends in late November.  Age groups are 7-9 and 10-12.  Cheering will be for our Youth Football League.  All games are played at the Bladen County Park.

YOUTH BASKETBALL - League age divisions are 6-8 (co-ed), 9-12 (boys) and 9-12 (girls).  League play begins in January and ends in March.  Games are played in the King Street Gym in Elizabethtown. 

FATHER-DAUGHTER SWEETHEART DANCE - Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Bladen County 4-H, host an evening of dinner, dessert, dancing and prizes for fathers and their daughters.

EAST ARCADIA OPEN GYM - Program begins in June and ends in August.  Program is open for children ages 5-14.

*Please note - These dates are subject to change if deemed necessary by Bladen County Parks and Recreation Administration.


CO-ED VOLLEYBALL - League play begins in March - April (Spring League) and begins again in January - March (Winter League) ages 16+.

MENS SOFTBALL - League play begins in August through September (Fall League) age 16+.

SPORTS COACHING CLINICS- This program has been created to upgrade the quality in our youth and adult leagues.  Clinics go over fundamentals and general information of each sport to keep each coach current.

GYM RENTAL - Gym is available for rent after office hours and on weekends for basketball and volleyball.


CRAF Grant (Community Recreation Assistance Fund) The CRAF has been established to aid communities within Bladen County in setting up and conducting active sports programming in their communities for children ages 17 and under.  Contact the Recreation Department 910-862-6770 for more information.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS - Parks and Recreation assists the Bladen County 4-H Summer Program.  Athletic clinics such as volleyball, t-ball, floor hockey, soccer, flag football, bicycle rodeos, etc. are given throughout the summer months.

BLADEN COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS - Parks and Recreation assists the Bladen County Special Olympics Committee in conducting their games in April of each year.


    • Basketball - January 1 of Tournament year.
    • Baseball - May 1 of the Tournament year.
    • Soccer - August 1 of the Tournament year.
    • Football - August 1 of the current year.
    • Cheerleading - August 1 of the current year.
    • BlastBall (T-Ball) - May 1 of the current year.
    • Softball - January 1 of the current year.


Fee Schedule for 2017/2018

Youth Soccer  $30.00
Tot Soccer $25.00
Youth Tackle Football $35.00
Youth Flag Football $35.00
Youth Cheerleading $30.00
Youth Basketball $30.00
BlastBall (T-ball) $25.00
Girls Fast-Pitch Softball $30.00
Girls Coach-Pitch Softball       $30.00
Dixie Boys Baseball $30.00
Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball $10.00
Father-Daughter Dance $15.00/couple; $5/additional child  
Adult Co-Ed Volleyball $25.00
Adult Softball $25.00
Gym Rental $15.00/hour
Field Light Rental $15.00/hour (all fields)
Shelter Rental $40.00/all day
  $25.00/half day




General Information:

When not in use for department-sponsored activities and programs, department facilities may be rented by the public.

To ensure proper processing, facility rental applications and fees should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the desired date of rental.

Please come by the Parks & Recreation Department for further information.

Facilities available for rent:

(1) Gymnasium

(4) Baseball / Softball Fields

(4) Tennis Courts

(2) Picnic Shelters

(1) Soccer Field

(1) Football Field

(2) Outdoor Basketball Courts


All equipment will be reserved on a “first come, first served” basis at the gymnasium.  A refundable deposit is required for overnight use or from Friday until Monday.


A service charge of $25.00 will be assessed for each check returned INSUFFICIENT FUNDS. Payment for returned checks will be accepted in cash only.


The Bladen County Parks & Recreation Department encourages everyone in the community, including those with disabilities, to participate in all the programs included in this program guide. The Department will provide support services to assist in meeting the individual accessibility needs of persons wishing to participate in Department Programs. Our access statement is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA)


The Department recruits over 500 volunteers each year to assist with its programs.  Volunteers assist the Department in many ways including youth basketball and baseball, specialized workshops, Special Olympics, Senior Games and more.  Please call us if you are interested in volunteering with the Bladen County Recreation Department.


We encourage groups and individual citizens to participate in the beautification of our County Park and Recreation facilities.  Projects can include the design and development of flower beds or gardens, or trail enhancement. Groups and individuals interested in sharing their skills and ideas should contact Grant Pait at 862-6770. 


Robert Mazur
William Corbett, Chairman
Kenneth Daniels
Jennifer Fruchey
Glenn McKoy, Vice-Chairman
Michael Dove
Daniel Peterson
Ritchie Priest
Chris Tatum
Walter Powell
Sara Ward
Boyce White