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Pineville Parks & Recreation

Take Action to Improve Your Health

For many Americans, meeting the daily physical activity recommendations can be a challenge. Between work, family and everyday responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the time to put personal health and wellness needs first.  Local park and recreation agencies can offer a solution to that challenge. In fact, people who use parks and open spaces are three times more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than nonusers.

Parks and recreation provide crucial health and wellness opportunities for all populations in communities across the country. As America continues to face serious health issues including rising rates of chronic disease, more time being sedentary, and a decline in time spent outdoors, park and recreation agencies offer an affordable and accessible solution. Encouraging communities to explore local parks and recreation this spring and summer is a great way to help individuals meet the daily physical activity recommendations.

Pineville Parks and Recreation offers citizens endless opportunities to achieve your fitness and wellness goals at our indoor/outdoor walking tracks, playgrounds, gym, racquetball court, fitness classes, athletic fields, and more. For more information on our health and fitness opportunities check out our website:    or call 704-889-2400.


Eating one green vegetable per day or one leafy green is a great way to get yourself healthier in the kitchen without much thought. It can be a cup of broccoli at dinner or spinach snuck into a smoothie. A cup of green beans at dinner or some leafy kale tossed with chopped sweet potato and some simple seasonings. Anything counts, just make sure it’s green, natural, and from the earth. These foods provide us with more nutrition than any food out there. They alkalize our bodies, promote mental wellness, and protect us from major forms of disease.


Attention Pineville Residents:  If you live within the city limits of Pineville and pay your taxes to Pineville, then you may use the Belle Johnston Community Center for FREE (fitness equipment, track, basketball court, and racquetball court).  But first you need to get your resident card made.  We will need proof of residency in the form of a photo ID with current address and a recent bill (ex. gas, electric, telephone.)

NEW HOURS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday the Center opens at 6:00AM !!!

Fitness Equipment & Indoor Walking Track 


MWF 6:00am – 9:45pm, Tues & Thurs 8:00am - 9:45pm, Sat. 8:00am-5:45pm, Sun. 1:00pm-5:45 pm

Open GymResidents may bring guests during open gym hours (check website or call community center).  The fee is $5.00 per guest.  Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests and will be disciplined according to previously established park guidelines.

Mondays will be for Pineville Residents ONLY (No Guests)


CARDIO Funk with Lem Houston!

Now offered at the Belle Johnston Community Center – GYM!

Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30

Saturdays – TBA – like Lem Houston on facebook to keep up with Saturday classes!

Cost: $5

When in Doubt, Shake it out!!!

Cardio Funk is a high energy Hip Hop dance fitness class that is mixed with a lot of Funk. What’s better than getting fit and having a great time? Cardio Funk will bring out the dancer in you with its easy to learn dance moves. Within minutes of dancing, you will feel yourself laughing and having tons of fun. This class is a great way to move your body in ways you have never done before. It’s more than a workout; it’s an experience of a lifetime. Cardio Funk is a cardiovascular fitness class that also tones and firms your muscles. It will target areas such as the lower body, upper body, and core. You will have such a great time dancing that you will not realize you are working out.  With this class, you will get easy to learn choreographed dances, a combination of fun music, and an enjoyable atmosphere. No dancing experience is required. My favorite slogan is “When in doubt, shake it out. If you don’t get it, make it up”. So if you love to dance and have fun, come join us for a Funky Good Time!

Silver Sneakers

CLASSES TAKE PLACE AT THE HUT – 413 Johnston Drive, Pineville

Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit members are free, non-members can pay $5/class. 

Contact Lorraine Haynes at 678-575-0152





9:15 – Balance/Strength

9:30 - Strength/Balance

9:15 – Balance/Strength

9:30 - Strength/Balance

10:10 - Stretch

10:20 - Cardio

10:10 - Stretch

10:20 - Cardio

11:00 - Zumba Gold

11:10 - Stretch

11:00 - Zumba Gold



    Yoga at the Hut

Days:  Mondays @ 5:30pm

Cost:  $5 drop in fee

Instructors;  Linda LaSalle


Pineville's Outdoor Bootcamp

Location: Lake Park Medium Shelter (1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville 28134)

Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Times: 5:30am - 6:30am

Start: June 25th

First Class Free

1st Month (12 Sessions) - $99

Additional Months (12 Sessions) - $149

(cancellation notice must be given12 hours in advance in order to not get charged for missed class)



Pineville Lake Park

1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville NC 28134

Mondays & Wednesdays @  5:15pm & 6:30pm


Please contact or 704-648-6324 for more details!


Youth Classes and Activities

Open Gym

 For Ages:  5 years old and under

 Meet new friends and join the fun at the Belle Johnston Community Center Gym. 

 We will provide plenty of things to play with and climb on, in, around and over.

 Wednesdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm

 Come play with us, it’s free! This is a parent supervised activity.

Last day will be June 6th.  We will pick back up August. 29th.



Mid-South Fencers Charlotte Metro – Olympic-style fencing

We will have a FREE class on Thursday June 14th for anyone interested in learning fencing.  For more information, please contact Marcus at (704) 207-4321 or visit:    for more information.

Mid-South Fencers Charlotte Metro teaches Olympic –style fencing in a fun, exciting, and supportive atmosphere specialized in saber. Equiptment is included in the class cost. Open fencing will be included afterwards. Classes will be held in the Belle Johnston Community Center Gym.

Dates:  Thursdays: June 21st - August 16th (8 weeks)

Time:  6:15pm – 7:45pm

Ages:  7 - Adult

Cost:  8 weeks - $160.00/ $50.00 discount for a second family member or spouse

Pineville Resident get a 10% discount (with proof of residency)

Classes are taught and led by Mark Lattimore and Marcus Crow.  Mark Lattimore grew up in Charlotte and was a NCAA runner–up and two-time All American saber fencer at UNC Chapel Hill. Marcus Crow was a four year varsity fencer at UNC Chapel Hill and a two-time NCAA Championship participant. Both instructors are former assistant coaches with the UNC varsity fencing team.


Champions In Motion (980-237-4738) or

Location: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive)     

Registration & First Class:  Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Registration is 15 minutes before class time. Registration still open.
Class Times:              Class: 5:30-6:15pm   new students

                              Class: 6:15-7:00pm   returning yellow and green belts

                        Class: 7:00-7:30pm   specialty class

                                    Class: 7:30-8:15pm   blue belts and up
Class Dates:  June 6th – September 5th
Class Duration: 14 weeks

Cost:  $10 Registration Fee and $7 per class (paid weekly


Location: Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Drive)

Registration & First Class: Thursday, June 7th, 2018 - Registration is 15 minutes before class time.
Class Times:              Class: 6:00-6:45 pm        ages 4-6

                       Class: 6:45-7:30 pm        ages 7-9

                        Class: 7:30-8:15 pm       ages 10-12

                        Class 8:15-9:00 pm        ages 13 & up

Class Dates: June 7th – September 6th
Class Duration: 17 weeks                                                                                                                                                                          Cost: $10 Registration Fee and $7 per class (paid weekly)



Do you have a special interest that you would like to share with others in a class?

Do you know someone who can share an interesting subject or craft?

Contact Heather Creech our Recreation Program Coordinator at 704-889-2400.



Pineville Parks and Recreation is offering FREE Open Gym Pickleball on Mondays and Fridays from 9:00am to 12:00pm!!!

Last day for Monday/Fridays will be June 15th.  Will pick back up in late August.  Look for Saturdays in Summer. 

Ages 12 and Up! BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME!!! Instruction is available.

Equipment is provided but you may bring your own as well!!

Sign up to play at this website. Walk-ups are welcome too!!


Youth for Change - Determined Divas/Goodfellas 

 June 29th, July 6th, August 10th

We are equipping today's Youth with the necessary tools to navigate the diverse challenges they face daily. Urban Youth are in crisis, we can no longer afford to treat non-traditional issues with traditional solutions. 

The program serves youth ages 11-16. During this program the youth play basketball and participate in life skill activities and are always treated to a hearty meal.

The program meets 2 times per month at the Belle Johnston Community Center on select Fridays from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. 

Program Wish list: Life Navigators- Adults who have overcome obstacles in their own life and are willing to share their story and time 2 times per month for a total of 6 hours per month.

Donations Needed

This group runs on sponsors and donations.  We feed the group each time they meet, so anything would help. If you would like to donate to this organization, please contact Beverly Jackson at 980-430-0750,  or make a donation at the community center.  Thanks so much!

$13,000 is needed for a trip to the Smithsonian African American Museum in DC July 8th - 10th.

Contact Beverly J. Jackson for more info or to help: 980-430-0750



Discover the Arts through 

Pineville Parks and Recreation

Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts

Summer Stage Drama Camp for Pineville NC   

Theses summer camps are offered Free to Pineville Residents through a Culture Block grant from the Arts and Science Council (ASC)


Program Overview: 

Matthews Playhouse Summer Camp Staff will provide 2 weeks of ½ day music/drama and dance camp for children ages 5-11 that are Pineville residents in July/ August 2018 at The Hut in Pineville, part of the Park and Recreation department on Johnston Drive. Campers will meet each weekday (Monday through Friday) from 1:30-4:30 and receive instruction in: drama, art, music and movement or dance.  Each camp is theme oriented.  All activities revolve around a theme.

Camp membership will be limited to 24 campers each.  Each camp will be divided in to two groups of 12. There will be: 1 adult lead teacher, 2 summer intern teachers, and 2 apprentices

Seuss Stories

Ages 5 - 8

July 16- July 20 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Tuition: Free of charge for Pineville Residents

Location:  The Hut – 413 Johnston Drive, Pineville NC

How to register:  You must come by the Belle Johnston Community Center to fill out forms and show proof of residency in the form of a photo ID and a recent bill.

Oh the things you can think!  Matthews Playhouse summer camp teachers and our Pineville campers will bring to life our favorite Seuss-y stories like:  Horton Hears a WhoThe Cat in the Hat, and The Lorax.  We'll create our own rhymes, learn Seuss songs, and make Seuss crafts to take home. Each day instruction will include in:

·        Drama (acting out stories from Seuss)

·        Music (singing songs from the musical Seussical)

·        Movement/Dance (putting movement to the story and songs)

·        Art (creating simple Seuss props to reinforce the story.  Example: Cat in the Hat Hat)

On Friday at 4:00 pm parents and friends are invited to the last 30 minutes of camp to see what the campers have been working on.  This is not a performance, but a chance for an audience to see what has happened in camp all week. 

Wizard of Oz

Ages 7- 11

July 30-August 3 (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

Location:  The Hut – 413 Johnston Drive, Pineville NC

Tuition:  Free of charge for Pineville Residents

How to register:  You must come by the Belle Johnston Community Center to fill out forms and show proof of residency in the form of a photo ID and a recent bill.

We will sing the songs from the movie musical The Wizard of Oz and create some scenes from the book as well as the movie. Characters will include: Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Toto, The Witch, Munchkins, Winkies and more! Everyone will play a part.

·        Drama (acting out the story)

·        Music (singing songs from the musical The Wizard of Oz)

·        Movement/Dance (putting movement to the story and songs)

·        Art (creating simple Wizard of Oz props to reinforce the story.  Example: witch’s broom, ruby slippers, witch’s hat etc.)

On Friday at 4:00 pm parents and friends are invited to the last 30 minutes of camp to see what the campers have been working on.  This is not a performance, but a chance for an audience to see what has happened in camp all week. 



It’s a Jungle Out There! Art Camp for ages 3 – 5 years old

Jump with us into this jungle adventure! Bring your best imagination and learn about the rainforest while you create animals, insects, reptiles, flowers and much more. Learn new art techniques and create friendly sloths, toucans, snakes, and piranhas. Find inspiration in the rainforest habitat and its people while you hear about their customs and create a tree house collage. We will have a wild time creating fun art projects, making new friends and playing games!  

Dates:  July 23rd – 26th or August 6th – 9th

Times:  1:30pm – 4:30pm

Cost:  $80 plus $20 materials fee for the 4 days

Location: The Hut- 413 Johnston Drive