PARTF Grant Awarded


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The Town of Cramerton was awarded a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority (NC PARTF) on Friday, May 10th. The NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority received 78 applications requesting $20,600,000 in funding and only 14 projects were successful in sharing $4,000,000 in funding.

The Goat Island Park, Phase II project includes the construction of a 191’ x 10’ pedestrian bridge connecting Goat Island to the Town Center area, a paved loop trail around the open meadow area, a 2-5 year old playground, dog park, permanent cornhole boards, and two concrete outdoor ping pong tables.

The total cost of the Phase II Island Project is $1,220,000 and the Town is actively seeking additional funding for the project. The Town has received a $10,000 Adopt-A-Trails grant for the project. The Town also received a $20,000 grant from the Glenn Foundation here in Gaston County to go towards the construction of the project too!

C. C. Dawson Bridge Closing

The Town has been notified by NCDOT that the C.C. Dawson Bridge over the South Fork River that connects Lakewood Road with North Main Street, will be demolished, removed and reconstructed. The projected project completion date is April 2014.

The NCDOT designated detour is Eighth Avenue to Market Street to Wilkinson Blvd. North Main Street will be open only to those who reside on that street as well as Lakewood Road from Eagle Road toward downtown. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Town Hall at 704-824-4337.

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Goat Island Info

Goat Island Is Open

The official Goat Island grand opening was Saturday, June 30th beginning with the downtown Farmers Market followed with activities scheduled the entire day. It included games, vendors, food and live entertainment. The event concluded with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Goat Island Info Sheet

Goat Island Poster

GI Info

 Directions to Goat Island w/ C.C. Dawson Bridge Closed

Downtown Cramerton Public Parking Areas

CBD Parking


 Goat Island Dedication & Ribbon Cutting

The Town of Cramerton held the Goat Island Park Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, June 21st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Goat Island. The celebration featured Cramerton Native, Perry Fewell, defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl Champion NY Giants, free hot dogs, music from the Catawba River Bluegrass Association, kayaks and canoes, disc golf, games, and just an overall good time opening the Goat Island Park.

Dedication Ceremony Program

Goat Island Project

Goat Island

The 30 acre Island located in the center of Cramerton was transformed into a park offering amenities for everyone. Goat Island is a place where adults and children can enjoy the playground, go fishing or canoeing, take in an outdoor concert, or enjoy a stroll around the walking trails. The additions to the Island will promote the Town of Cramerton’s Fit Community Designation and give visitors and citizens alike the opportunity to enjoy the South Fork River in a unique way.

In order to meet the needs of all age groups there are a variety of recreational elements included. Water based recreation is a major component of the project, featuring an observation pier and two canoe/kayak landings. The project also includes two picnic shelters for family gatherings, an extensive playground, disc golf course, and the open air amphitheater located in Town Center. These elements will allow for programming opportunities such as festivals, educational classes and instructional programs. The Town encourages you to get involved! If you have an idea about programming or events for Goat Island, please contact Michael Peoples at 704-824-4337 or submit your idea online at

The Goat Island project was funded by the Town of Cramerton and grants from the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, Carolina Thread Trail, NC Recreational Trails, and the Glenn Foundation.