Families flock to the Matthews/Monroe area in part because of the wide variety of parks and sports activities available to them. Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association (MARA) is home to all things sports and includes the Arthur Goodman Memorial Park.

The Sisky Y offers indoor and outdoor pools, enormous fitness facilities, outdoor track and soccer fields as well as day camps and parent’s night outs.

Colonel Francis Beatty Park, located off Tilley Morris Road encompasses 265 acres made up of tennis courts, softball fields, a conference center, a fishing lake, and walking and mountain biking trails.

The Jesse Helms Soccer Complex hosts the Wesley Chapel/Wedding Athletic Association Soccer (WCWAA) for those who get a kick out of playing the game.

Kate’s Skating in Indian Trail just off Hwy. 74 has a slick floor for fast feet on wheels and will host birthdays and other parties.

Cane Creek Park in Union County has camping, boating, some of the best large mouth bass fishing in the state on a 350-acre scenic lake.