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Sunset Park

Sunset Park, the city's main park, is located off Sunset Avenue on Taylor Street and River Drive beside the Tar River. This 25 acre park features a mini train, merry-go-round, concession stands, 2 lighted basketball courts, a boat ramp, 4 picnic shelters (with numerous other picnic sites), a little league field, 11 lighted tennis courts, a sprayground, and a tennis backboard. A fee of $5.00 per person includes admission to the Train Ride, Carousel, and Spray Ground..


The Sunset Park train is a Model G-16 Miniature Train built by the Allen Herschell Company and purchased by the Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees) in 1952. Model G-16s were modeled upon the F7 General Motors Diesel Locomotives. The train is driven by a 20 horsepower Wisconsin gasoline engine and is a scale model one fifth the size of the train it depicts. It carries 36 passengers. The engine weighs 2,400 lbs. Each wheel has vacuum brakes. Traveling speed is 8 miles per hour.

The circa 1920 Herschell-Spillman “County Fair” style carousel was bought for the City of Rocky Mount in 1952 by the Rocky Mount Civitan Club. The Carousel was severely damaged in the flood of 1999 and required extensive restoration which was completed by Carousel Magic of Mansfield, Ohio. Renovated rounding boards were added to include paintings of images found on 1920’s postcards depicting Rocky Mount landmarks and activities of that time.

Spray Ground
Come cool off in our exciting spray park! Due to water conservation efforts the spray park will operate on the following schedule: Every day: 1:00pm-7:00pm. We also have a bug ride along with concessions that include popcorn, ice cream, snow cones, and more!

Disc Golf Course
Click here to download a course map.

Operating Season

Sunset Park will open to the public on Saturday, May 24, 2015. The schedule will be as follows:
  • Early Season: Open Weekends ONLY, Saturday, May 24 - Sunday June, 7, 2015 Time, 1 p.m. - dark
  • Regular Season: Saturday, June 13 - Sunday, August 23, 2015. Open everyday, 1 p.m. - dark
  • Late Season: Open Weekends ONLY, Saturday, August 29 - Monday, September 7, 2015. Open 1 p.m. - dark
  • The park will close for the season after September 7, 2015

Sunset Party Packs

Have your child's party at Sunset Park!! Party Packs are two hour sessions (9:00am-11:00am or 11:00am-1:00pm).

Party Packs are available to reserve starting May 1 through Labor Day 2012. Party packs include access to four picnic tables, 45 minutes of amusement time, and unlimited access to the spray park.

Party Pack pricing is as follows:

Up to 40 children:
- City Residents: $105.00
- Non-City Residents: $157.50
- Nash/Rocky Mount Schools (payment must be from Nash Rocky Mount Schools): $110.00

Additional children:
- City residents: $3.00
- Non-residents: $5.00
- Nash Rocky Mount Schools: $4.00

For more information on Sunset Park and party pack rentals, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 252-972-1151.