Park Watch

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What is Park Watch?
The Park Watch program is a partnership between the Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department, the Gastonia Police Department and City residents to reduce crime, vandalism and illegal activities in our parks and recreation facilities. Modeled after the Community Watch program, Park Watch provides citizens guidelines to follow when reporting suspicious activities,helping us to keep our parks safe year-round.

What can you do?
While visiting our parks, citizens are asked to be on the alert for unlawful fires, vandalism (graffiti), safety hazards, suspicious persons/activities, or other violations of Gastonia Parks and Recreation rules and regulations.
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How do I sign up?
1. Submit a completed Application Form and Background Check Release Form. Forms may be obtained online (link below), or in person from any staffed facilities of the Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department.
2. Once approved, attend a one-hour, mandatory training class.
Classes will be conducted at the Gastonia Police Department Community Room during the Spring and Fall, and by special request for groups of ten or more.
Required Forms
Application Form
Background Check Release Form
Additional Information
Park Watch Brochure
Contact Information:
Memorial Hall
109 W. Second Avenue, Gastonia, NC  28052
(P.O. Box 1748, Gastonia, NC 28053-1748)
704.866.6839 (phone)
704.842.5104 (fax)


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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⟟ 181 S. South Street
Gastonia, NC 28052