Named for a 40-year employee of the City’s Public Works Department, Charlie Robinette Park sits on an 8.16 acre site that formerly housed the City’s old wastewater plant. Planning began in 2008 and it opened to the public on April 10, 2010. Although many names were discussed, City Council ultimately decided the park would be a fitting tribute to the memory of Robinette, who was instrumental in the construction of nearby Rooster Front Park during his distinguished tenure with the City.
Key features of the park include a large picnic shelter that is equipped with restrooms, trash receptacles, picnic tables, lights, electrical outlets, a drinking fountain and grill. A tetherball area, and a multi-use field provide recreational opportunities within the park. Access is available to Steele Creek Park via Lakeside Trail, which lies along a swiftly flowing creek.
Located on the upper tier of Charlie Robinette Park, Bark Park became the City’s first park designed specifically for dogs when it opened in the fall of 2009. The park consists of distinct areas for large and small dogs, both of which are surrounded by a chain-link fence and equipped with drinking fountains for dogs. Poo bags are also available at designated locations.
The large trees surrounding the park were relocated from the Central Elementary School site when that building was razed.