HOP Update 

This year runners will come help us "Haunt Our Parks" in the 17th annual HOP Race! 

On Saturday, October 27th,
The Morganton Service League
will hold the 17th Annual 5K,
10K and Family Fun Run to
benefit Burke County Parks.

5K and 10K Start 10:30 a.m.
1M Start 10:00 a.m.

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Race Proceeds 

Martha's Park

Martha's Park was opened in 1972 as The Children's Park and operated by the City of Morganton.  It was renovated in 2004 with the funds raised by the Morganton Service League and private contributors named in honor and memory of Martha Pheifer.  The park is approximately 1.4 acres with a spectacular splash pad!  Lynn Henderson, a MSL member, spearheaded this project and paved the way.  

Freedom Park 

This innovative play-set was added to Freedom Park in 2006 with the HOP Race proceeds and contributions from the City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Foundation.  This photo celebrates the ribbon cutting with members of the Morganton Service League, City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Mayor Mel Cohen.  

Catawba Meadows Adventure Playground 

In 2010, Catawba Meadows Adventure Playground was built with funds from the Morganton Parks and Rec Foundation along with the H.O.P. Race bi-annual proceeds.  

Innovative playground at the soccer complex by the Greenway and Judges BBQ 

In the Spring of 2012, the play-set was installed at the Catawba Soccer Complex.  Its truly innovative style lends creative, free play for all ages.  

All Access playground at Catawba Meadows 

Contributions from 2013-2015 HOP Races helped to bring this amazing all access play set to the Catawba Meadows Park.  Along with the Morganton Parks and Rec Foundation the Morganton Service League proudly helped to support the community in this truly revolutionary play-set that allows kids of all abilities to play on the same level.  We are so proud to be community members and help Morganton be a unique community in offering this type of playground set.  

Morganton Skate park 

In 2016 the contributions from the HOP Race went to help fund the upcoming skate park.  We are very excited to be a part of this amazing project and to be one of many contributors to the project. We will be helping to bring items to the park, supporting the skate park because we think this is such a great project we were happy to add to their funding.  

What's next?  

Although the official plans are not finalized or official, the plan for the 2017-2018 HOP Race proceeds hope to help fund the upgrade of the Collett St pool to a swim park.  With hot summers we think this will be a welcome addition to the community!