Althea Gibson Tennis Complex
Empie Park is the home of the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex. This tennis hub of Wilmington has 18 lighted tennis courts as well as a 1500 sq. ft. clubhouse with lounge, meeting room, and snack counter. The tennis community in Wilmington is extremely active and takes advantage of being able to play outdoors year-round. The Althea Gibson Tennis Complex is free to use and open to the public, although signing up for courts is required as they are often full. The City offers affordable lessons and clincs for all ages and also puts on tournaments. If you're interested in joining the tennis community in Wilmington, NC, Empie Park is your one-stop shop!
Now that the Wilmington Cross City Trail runs through Empie Park, there is a paved walk/run/bike trail around the circumference of the park. People can easily ride their bikes to the park or bring their bikes along and ride the trail. This is especially great with kids as it provides a play option in addition to the playground.
Empie Park has a modern and fun playground complete with a rock climbing wall, slides, swings, swinging bridges, firepoles, ziplines, and toddler/baby swings. It's fun to bring the kids here to play, watch tennis, and ride bikes around the park.
Baseball and Softball Fields
Although the tennis complex expansion eliminated two of the softball fields at Empie Park, there is still a field (maybe 2?) left at the grounds. We've seen a senior softball league playing there in the mornings although most of the league play was moved out to a new 5 field complex on Murrayville Road.
Empie Park is home to a popular dog park where tons of regulars come to play everyday. It is a great facility that is completely fenced in with play areas for smaller and larger dogs. There are water and pet waste stations, lots of shade, and it is free and open dawn to dusk.
We encourage you to visit Empie Park in Wilmington, NC. Ride your bike, play tennis, bring the kids, bring the dogs out to play - we know you'll love it!