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City Council

Ward 1
Keith Tidwell

(704) 824-7557

Ward 2
Dave Kirlin

(704) 866-8700

Ward 3
Bob Wilkerson

(704) 867-4508

Ward 4
Walker E. Reid

(704) 865-4411

Ward 5
Walt Mallonee

(704) 861-1896

Ward 6
Bill D. Powers

(704) 864-2349

Jennie Stultz

(704) 865-7770



Gastonia, North Carolina
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Incorporated: 1877

Roots: Developed on what was once a large dairy farm, development spurred by intersection of railroad lines

Slogan: Spindle City, City of Growing Beauty, Pacemaker of the Piedmont

Historic sites: Gaston County Courthouse, built in 1910. Gastonia City Hall.

Famous sons and daughters: Gregg Cherry, the only Gaston County man to be governor of North Carolina; James Worthy and Eric "Sleepy Floyd," NBA players.

Other claims to fame: All-America City in 1963. All-America City finalist in 1997; Millennium Community in 2000; All-America City in 2000. 

Population: 1997 estimate: 62,259

Tax rate: 49.25 cents per $100 valuation

City Offices

City Hall, 181 South St., Gastonia. Mailing address is P.O. Box 1748, Gastonia 28053. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

City Council meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 181 South St. and on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Gaston County Courthouse Public Room, 325 N. Marietta St.

Trash Service

Picked up once a week by the city’s Solid Waste Division. Roll-out, curbside service. Curbside recycling also available. Details: (704) 866-6774.

Recycling Centers

Main library and Dixie Village Shopping Center — Newspapers only

Paper Stock Dealers — off Modena on Lincoln Avenue, newspaper, cardboard, computer/office paper, mixed paper

Brooks Scrap Metal — North Broad Street, scrap metal, aluminum cans

Bruce’s Iron and Metal — South York Road, scrap metal, aluminum cans


Pay water and sewer bills at City Hall, 181 South St. Questions about bills: Call (704) 866-6724

Post Offices

Main Post Office
301 W. Main Ave. Phone (704) 867-6311. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

Eastridge Mall Post Office
246 N. New Hope Road. Phone: (704) 867-8747. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

Dixie Village Shopping Center Post Office  2593 W. Franklin Blvd. Phone: (704) 868-8332. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

Robinwood Post Office
3318 Union Road. Phone (704) 853-1417. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

New Hope Road Post Office Annex
1882 S. New Hope Road. Phone (704) 867-3838. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.


Gaston County Main Library: Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays from September through May. Address: 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

Circulation: (704) 868-2164

Overdue books: (704) 868-2164

Reference: (704) 868-2168

Children’s services: (704) 868-2165

Audiovisuals: (704) 868-2166

Administration: (704) 868-2167

Erwin Center Branch: Hours vary. Address: 913 N. Pryor St. Phone: (704) 868-8046

ABC stores

348 W. Long Ave., Gastonia. Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone (704) 865-2349

401 Cox Road, Gastonia. Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone (704) 864-4393

1848 S. York Road, Gastonia. Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Phone (704) 867-5231

Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. For more information, call the Museum at (704) 866-6908 or visit the Museum’s web site at www.schielemuseum.org.

American Military Museum of Gastonia, 115 W. Second Ave., Gastonia. Call (704) 866-6068 or 864-0267 for more information.

Gastonia Housing Authority

Provides housing for low and middle income families and tenant-related services. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Closed noon until 1 p.m. Address: 340 W. Long Ave., Gastonia, 28052 Phone: (704) 864-6771

Crisis Assistance Ministry of Christians and Jews of Greater Gastonia

Works with families facing emergency situations related to basic life support needs of food, shelter, utilities, heat and medicine. Maintains a food pantry and a furniture ministry. Provides limited financial assistance and makes referrals. Serves the Greater Gastonia area. Emergency assistance hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Address: 805-B W. Airline Ave., Gastonia
Phone: (704) 867-8901



Regular fare — 75 cents, transfers are free. Children under five ride free with paying adult customer. Fares for the elderly and/or handicapped are 35 cents and transfers are free.

Ticket books — Good for 10 rides are available for $7.50, or $3.50 for the elderly and/or handicapped.

Senior Citizen Discount — 65 or older can ride for 35 cents with proof of age or a Social Security Health Insurance card.

Exact change — Have exact fare, ticket or transfer ready when boarding. Drivers are not allowed to make change. Transfers must be used within 75 minutes of the time on the transfer. They are not valid for round trips. You must get the transfer when you board.

Buying tickets — Tickets may be purchased at Bradley Station, 121 N. Oakland St., or the City of Gastonia, Revenue Collection Division, 181 South St.

Bus Stops
All bus routes begin and end at Bradley Station at the corner of Oakland and Main. Most buses run once an hour on the hour or once an hour on the half hour. Call (704) 866-6855 for a schedule.

Riders may board at any designated bus stop. Assist the driver by using a hand signal if you want the bus to stop. Once aboard, ring the bell a block in advance to let the operator know you’d like to get off at the next bus stop.

Service Areas

Myrtle: Serves Webb Street Elementary, Shannon Bradley Road and Dixie Village

Highland: Serves Radio Street Apartments and Erwin Center

Highland Services: Serves Central Transportation, Rhyne Elementary School and Radio Street Apartments

South York/Linwood: Serves Gaston County Health Department, Linwood Park Apartments and Linwood Terrace

Eastridge/Gaston Memorial Hospital/Franklin Square: Serves Eastridge Mall, Gaston Mall, Franklin Square, Gaston-Lincoln County library and Schiele Museum.

Marietta: Serves Gaston County Health Department and Village Square

Hospital: Serves Ozark Avenue, Hospital, Comfort Suites, Fairfield Inn, Cracker Barrel, Wix Plant.

Arlington: Serves Airline Avenue, Bessemer City Road, Employment Security Commission.

Handicap-Accessible Buses
Gastonia Transit has seven handicap-accessible buses featuring improved wheelchair lifts.

Van Service
Gastonia Transit ADA Van Service provides handicapped people with rides to doctors, hospitals, shopping centers and other places within the city limits. Vans are specially equipped for the needs of handicapped people. The cost is $1.50 per one-way ride. A book of 10 tickets costs $15. Interested people should apply to Gastonia Transit to show they meet the qualifications. Ride reservations must be made a day in advance. Call (704) 866-6056.

Gastonia Transit operates 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There is no Sunday service and no service on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Erwin Center
913 N. Pryor St., Gastonia
Open June-August
1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
2-6 p.m. Sunday.
Daycares only — 11:30-1 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: (704) 853-8152

Gaston County YMCA
615 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia
Call for schedule. Open to members only.
Phone: (704) 865-8551

Lineberger Park
Corner of Garrison Boulevard and Chester Street,  Gastonia
Open June-August
1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
2-6 p.m. Sunday
Swimming lessons available.
Phone: (704) 866-6846

Robinwood Lake
2221 S. Robinwood Road, Gastonia
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday
1-6 p.m. Sunday
Group rates and swimming lessons available.
Call for information about fees.
Phone: (704) 867-9111


Parks operated by the City of Gastonia are open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Many provide tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, softball and baseball fields, picnic areas and playgrounds.

Picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Bradley, Erwin, Lineberger, Phillips, Rankin Lake and Jeffers parks.

Shelters may be reserved by groups or individuals for a small fee by contacting the individual park office.

Athletic fields are used by American Legion teams and area high schools during baseball season. Facilities available for rent.

Details: (704) 866-6839

Martha Rivers Park: Youth Sports Complex includes: picnic tables, walking-jogging trails, playground equipment. The park is located on Neal Hawkins Road.

East Park: End of Hemlock and Withers streets.

Erwin Park: North Pryor Street, call (704) 866-6844.

Ferguson Park: Golf Course Drive

Lineberger Park: Garrison Boulevard and Chestnut Street, call (704) 866-6839.

Linwood Park: Garland Avenue

North Park: Rankin Avenue

Phillips Park: Echo Lane, (704) 868-6851.

R. Bradley Park: North Modena Street, call (704) 868-6847.

T. Jeffers Park: Whitener Street, call (704) 866-6852.

Rankin Lake Park: Rankin Lake Road, (704) 866-6839.

Sims Legion Park: North Marietta Street

Vance Street Park: South Vance Street


Courts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bradley Center: Eight lighted asphalt courts
Address: North Modena Street

Erwin Park: Four lighted asphalt courts
Address: North Pryor Street

Lineberger Park: Four lighted concrete courts
Address: Garrison-Chestnut Street

Ferguson Park: Eight lighted asphalt courts
Address: Golf Course Drive

Phillips Court: Eight lighted asphalt courts and a volley wall
Address: Echo Lane

Jeffers Center: Eight lighted asphalt courts
Address: North Modena Street

Ashbrook High School: Eight lighted asphalt courts
Address: South New Hope Road

Hunter Huss High School: Six lighted asphalt courts
Address: Edgefield Avenue


Community centers operated by the City of Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department offer gymnasiums, club and game rooms. The centers are generally open from 1 to 9 p.m. Reduced hours are offered on weekends. Call your community center for schedule information.

Bradley Center
Director: Pat Corinth
1200 Modena St.
Phone (704) 866-6847

Erwin Center
Director: Darrel McClure
913 N. Pryor St.
Phone (704) 866-6844

T. Jeffers Center
Director: Jill Millwood
120 Whitener St.
Phone (704) 866-6852

Southeast Center
Director: Janet Taylor
2100 Robinwood Drive
Phone (704) 866-6850

Phillips Center
Director: Mark Weaver
2031 Echo Lane
Phone (704) 866-6851

Adult Recreation Center
Director: Judy Griffin
519 W. Franklin Blvd.
Phone (704) 866-6848

Organized Programs
Director: Cynthia Simpson
519 W. Franklin Blvd.
Phone (704) 866-6842

Organized Programs offer instructional programs as well as dance, music and dance instructions. This group also offers special interest programs and holds dances for various groups and ages. Organized Programs also offers seasonal functions for different age groups.


Gardner Park School: Sandy Lane

Clay Street School: Garrison Boulevard

Arlington School: North Webb Street

Erwin Park: North Pryor Street

Phillips Park: Echo Lane

T. Jeffers Park: Whitener Street

Last updated: 07/20/01

City Officials

Police Department
Rodney Parham

(704) 865-2323

Fire Department
Robert Ridgeway

(704) 866-6806

City Manager
Danny Crew
(704) 866-6719

Pat Johnson
(704) 866-6906

Jack Kiser

(704) 866-6747

Don Carmichael

(704) 866-6896

Human Resources
Dave Henderson

(704) 866-6859

Schiele Museum
David S. Brose

(704) 866-6902

General Services
David Mitchell

(704) 866-6774

City Engineer
Flip Bombardier

(704) 866-6943

Electric Utility
Dale Becker

(704) 866-6823

Dennis Redwing

(704) 866-6735

Central Services
Keith Davis

(704) 866-6949

Harry Henke

(704) 866-6992

Public Services
Larry Wood

(704) 866-6859

Parks & Recreation
Kieffer Gaddis

(704) 866-6838

Golf Course
Richard Duffie

(704) 866-6031

Community Imp.
Susan Hinely

(704) 866-6752

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Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

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