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Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park

6800 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Open daily from 9am - 7pm

The Jean Preston Memorial Park is located at 6800 Emerald Drive, adjacent to the Emerald Isle public boat ramp. The large playground is ideal for a wonderful family outing away from the beach, but still close enough to have the breeze from the ocean wash over you.

One of the most popular features of the playground is the AeroGlider, a ride that sways back and forth. You’ll find ladders, slides, bridges and plenty more for the kids to do to burn off some energy. And the park was built so that no child was left behind. Specialized playground equipment allows children in wheelchairs to join in all of the fun.

The Jean Preston Memorial Park is the perfect place to take in the brilliant sunsets in Emerald Isle, all while the children are enjoying the playscape. The sound of the waves and children’s laughter seem to wash away the stresses of everyday life.

What’s Nearby

The Emerald Isle public boat ramp, located adjacent to the park, is a great place to launch for a fun day out on the water with the family.

The park is also located nearby many fabulous area restaurants including The Village Market and Flipperz Family Bar & Grill, making it easy to grab a bite to eat afterwards.

Park History

The dedication of the Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park by the town of Emerald Isle took place in spring of 2016, on what would have been her 81st birthday. Jean Preston was a dedicated public servant who was committed to children, education and Emerald Isle. She served in the NC House and NC Senate for 20 years until her retirement in 2012. The town of Emerald Isle was proud to build this new area for everyone to enjoy in her honor.

Visitor Tips

  • Bring lots of sunscreen, and swimsuits in case you want to cool off with a quick dip in the ocean.
  • Bring a cooler with snacks and drinks to enjoy an afternoon at the park with the family.
  • Bring an umbrella to provide some extra shady places for your kiddos to cool off.