Parks & Recreation

Crouse Park is located at 314 Cherry Street and is open to the public. The park was donated to the town in 1969 by R. Floyd Crouse and Crystal S. Crouse in memory of Floyd Crouse and Sarah Ellen Gambill Crouse. Crouse Park is located at the corner of Highway 18 North (East Whitehead Street) and Grayson Street with parking at the Hwy 18 entrance and the Cherry Street entrances.

The park has a paved walking trail, basketball court, volleyball court, playground equipment for children, and restroom facilities, as well as a large outdoor stage (with a dance area) for public music events.

Picnic shelters are available. One large covered shelter with a charcoal grill may be reserved for special occasions. The house is furnished, with kitchen facilities, and may be rented for special occasions, meetings, etc. for a nominal fee. To reserve the shelter or the house, you may call (336) 372-4257. See below for Crouse House rental rules.

Rules for Renting the Crouse House

  1. Call the town hall for reservations and state the purpose of the event. Phone number and contact information are required.
  2. Pay the fee of $25.00 when you pick up the key.
  3. Must leave the house clean.
  4. No alcohol or beer on premises.
  5. No for-profit activities.
  6. No political functions.
  7. No religious functions.
  8. No overnight guests.
  9. No open fires.
  10. No grilling on the porch.
  11. The person making the reservation will be responsible for any damage to the house.
  12. By signing the rental slip, you also release the town of any and all liability.

Events at Crouse Park

Each Monday night, the Crouse House hosts the Crouse House Pickers, a group of local musicians who welcome folks to visit and listen or join in the music making.

In June, the Crouse Park stage becomes the location of the Backwoods Beat Music festival, a music and songwriters event.

Crouse Park also hosts Art in the Park (formally Blue Ridge Mountain Fair) on the 4th Saturday of July. Art in the Park brings one -of-a-kind art and crafts to Sparta. The fair also features a variety of local entertainers and food vendors.

The Alleghany Farmers Market is held each Saturday from summer to fall at Crouse Park. The market features cooking events and children’s activities. For a schedule visit their facebook page.

Each Halloween, Crouse Park is also host to Trunk-or-Treat. Local merchants and civic groups decorate trunks full of treats for trick-or-treaters. A costume contest is also part of this event.