Kiwanis Family Park

In 2018, Lee County Government gave the City of Sanford the front area of Kiwanis Family Park to redevelop.

In September 2019, the City unveiled a brand new inclusive playground, Sanford's first splash pad, a half-mile walking trail, two new shelters, and a new bathroom facility.


Kiwanis Family Park
1800 Wicker Street
Sanford, North Carolina
Inclusive Playground

Inclusive Playground

Kiwanis Family Park's inclusive playground offers several play features that are accessible to people of all abilities.

The park is adjacent to a new, paved half-mile walking trail.

Splash Pad

The City of Sanford's only splash pad is located at Kiwanis Family Park. The splash pad is free to use.

There are benches and picnic tables in the splash pad area. There is also a grassy, shaded area where visitors can sit on their own blankets, towels, or portable chairs.

Some things to know before you go:

  • Check the current weather at the splash pad via the weather station here.
  • Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.
  • Water shoes or sandals are strongly encouraged.
  • Pets are not allowed in the splash pad area.

At this time, the splash pad is not available for private rental.


Hours of Operation

The park is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. Bathroom facilities open at 7am and close at 7pm March through November. November through March our bathrooms open at 7am and close at dusk.

Splash Pad Operation: 

Third weekend of May through first weekend of June:
Monday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

First full week of June through last weekend of August:
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Last week of August through September 30:
Monday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Closed for the season after September 30.

*The splash pad is closed daily from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for equipment maintenance and cleaning.*

Kiwanis Family Park Walking Trails and Existing Facilities

The City of Sanford is only responsible for the areas of Kiwanis Family Park mentioned above, which are the new main parking lot, the splash pad, the playground, the paved half-mile walking trail, and the two new picnic shelters.

The gravel walking trails, existing Kiwanis Club picnic shelter, uncovered picnic tables, gazebo, and side parking lot remain under the ownership and management of Lee County Parks and Recreation

Reservations for the Kiwanis Club picnic shelter must be made through their registration system. Reserving their shelter does not also reserve the City's newly constructed shelter.