Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park is an 18 acre public park composed of woodlands, streams, gardens, and quiet pathways. It includes collections of hollies, magnolias, ornamental fruit trees, a wildflower garden, azalea gardens, and many other plantings which provide year-round interest and beauty. Finely crafted benches and tables, specially designed bridges, and distinctive gazebos enhance the gardens and provide a framework for the Park. Hurley Park provides an educational experience, a haven for wildlife, and a pleasant place to stroll. It also serves the community as a site for weddings, walking programs, informal meetings, and an annual spring celebration.
From its beginning, Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park has been a joint venture between public and private interests. In 1984, the Salisbury City Council approved money to be used in the development of the master plan. The city staff and a volunteer committee worked together to implement this plan and continue to maintain the Park to a high standard.
A generous donation in memory of Elizabeth Holmes Hurley from her husband, J.F. Hurley Jr., and her sons, James Franklin, III, Haden Holmes, and Gordon Pannill Hurley, allowed for an ambitious schedule for this Park’s development. Mrs. Hurley, a lover of natural beauty, was one of the earliest residents of the City Lake area.
This private donation, along with a Land and Water Conservation Grant, provided for the initial Park development. The Park continues to be supported through a cooperative agreement between the City and the Hurley Foundation.
Many gardens, trees and furnishings have been dedicated in memory or honor of individuals or groups. Contributions of any amount will be gratefully accepted for long term maintenance of the park. Development of the park is based on a master plan, so all major gifts are reviewed by the staff.
Donate to Hurley Park
Or mail donations to:
Foundation for the Carolinas
220 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
All monies are deposited in the Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Memorial Park Fund. Make checks payable to the Foundation for the Carolinas with Hurley Park Fund #2524 in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible.
Directions to Hurley Park:
Located at: 304 Annandale Ave.
From I-85 South, take exit No. 76, Salisbury. Turn left (from I-85 North, turn right). Proceed on West Innes Street until it intersects Fulton Street. Turn right onto North Fulton Street and continue until the street ends. Turn left onto Lake Drive which runs directly by Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park on left. Located behind Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.