Million-dollar Pilot Lions Park Offers Walking Trail, Ball Fields, Playground, and Plenty of Parking

Playground and picnic shelter at Pilot Lions Park in Franklin County, near the Wake County line, Zebulon, NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Playground and picnic shelter at Pilot Lions Park in Franklin County, near the Wake County line, Zebulon, NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

By Kay Whatley, Editor

Outsize the city limits of Zebulon, North Carolina is the area of Pilot. Located in Franklin County, one of Pilot’s untapped amenities is Pilot Lions Park. The 18.38 acre “Community Park” includes lighted ball fields, bleacher seating, batting cages, a playground, picnic shelter with one grill, restroom/concessions building, and a half-mile walking trail.

Not visible from NC Highway 39, the park is located at 38 Pilot Bypass Road, Zebulon, NC.  It is a few steps from the Pilot Fire Department, which is used as a voting location, so when you park to vote or visit the FD during one of their legendary plate sales, take a look beyond their building and you might catch a glimpse of the ball fields.

During the week, visitors may find the park empty, or nearly so. According to the Franklin County park information, the Pilot Lions Park is open daily, seven days a week, 6am-11pm.  Stop by and walk around, or let the children play on the playground. County residents should be encouraged to make use the this park. After all, more than $1Million was spent in its creation.

According to county records, the original park funding included a 2010 transfer of $250,000 from the General fund for the Pilot Park Project. By the end of 2011, expenditures totaled $1,012,607 in park construction costs. The park’s groundbreaking took place in June of that year (2010), with the official park opening held in 2012.

As part of the county Parks and Rec Department’s Capital Improvement Plan, a budget of $375,000 is estimated for Pilot Lions Park renovations and improvements between 2019 and 2023.

To rent the picnic shelter for an event, the fee starts at $30 for a three-hour period. Create an account on the Franklin County website to make an online reservation for the shelter.  It is also possible to reserve the “small softball field” or “lighted big ball field.”

 

Pilot Lions Park entrance with the Lions Club building and Fire Department in the background. Photo: Kay Whatley, 2019
Pilot Lions Park entrance with the Lions Club building and Fire Department in the background. Photo: Kay Whatley, 2019

 

Pilot Lions Park batting cages. Photo: Kay Whatley
Pilot Lions Park batting cages. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Panorama of Pilot Lions Park ballfields. Photo: Kay Whatley
Panorama of Pilot Lions Park ballfields. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Note that, while the park is adjacent to the Pilot Lions Club, use of their indoor event facilities is only available via the Lions Club. The building is not managed by the county Parks and Recreation, which oversees Pilot Lions Park.

See a list of all Franklin County NC parks at www.franklincountync.us/services/parks/parks.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.