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Granville Athletic Park seeking support

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OXFORD — In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Granville Athletic Park is seeking community support to continue to grow the facility for public use by offering 15 sponsorship opportunities.

As GAP sponsors, businesses or individuals may choose to support existing amenities such as the amphitheater stage, playground, soccer field, or picnic shelter. Sponsors may also support future elements, such as the adult fitness area, tennis courts, horseshoe pits and benches. Naming rights are available for five, 10, or 15 years at varying rates. Each sponsored element at the park will display permanent, visible signage recognizing the sponsor for the duration of the term.

Individual donations of a smaller nature, ranging from a bronze supporter at $5 to a diamond supporter at $100 or more, are also available. Those who make a donation to the future of this facility will have their names displayed by level on signage in the future expansion of the park.

The GAP, located at 4615 Belltown Road in Oxford, was dedicated on May 21, 2004. The 68-acre land area of the GAP provides an outdoor location for thousands of visitors and community members to gather and enjoy walking trails, ball fields, playgrounds and picnic shelters. The GAP is planning to further develop its amenities in Phase III of its improvement plan, which will include an additional playground, another paved walkway, a second picnic shelter, an adult fitness area, six tennis courts, two sand volleyball pits and new horseshoe pits. Phase III will begin site work this year, with projects estimated for completion in 2020.

For more information on the “Fifteen for 15” sponsorship and giving campaign, contact the county manager’s office in Oxford or visit Those interested in sponsoring a park element can complete an interest form and return it to the county manager’s office at 141 Williamsboro St., Oxford. Mailed forms may be sent to PO Box 906, Oxford, NC 27565. As project lead, Duncan will contact interested parties. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 919-693-5240.