Maides Park


Originally belonging to James and Matilda Maides, Maides Park once operated as a peanut farm in the immediate area and for whom the park is named. Currently, the park is home to the Davis Center. 

About Derick G. S. Davis

Mr. Davis, professor emeritus at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, retired from the university in 1991. Prior to his employment with UNCW, he was employed by the City of Wilmington as Director of Parks and Recreation, being the first African-American to head a municipal parks and recreation in the South.

During his 20 years with the City of Wilmington, he became the first African-American to be elected president of the N.C. Recreation and Park Society. He served as consultant to the Model Cities Program, consultant to the National Conservation Foundation and to the N.C. Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

During his tenure with the city, he co-authored the proposal, which resulted in the establishment of New Hanover Services for the aging and he secured a grant for the construction of the Martin Luther King Center.

After he left the city, to accept a position at UNCW, the City Council voted to name a newly constructed community center in his honor, Derick G.S. Davis Community Center.

At UNCW, he was instrumental in developing the Parks and Recreation Curriculum. He guided the program through the process for accreditation by the National Recreation Association. He organized a Recreation Majors Club. Members of the club have been very active in the Student Division of the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Society. The club's annual banquet became the Derick G.S. Davis Banquet and the first Derick G.S. Davis Scholarship was awarded in April 2003.

Davis Center at Maides Park

Derick G.S. Davis Center is located at 1101 Manly Avenue in Wilmington. 

The following amenities are available in the park:

  • Baseball and softball fields
  • Open athletic field
  • The Davis G.S. Davis Center (including indoor gymnasium)
  • Outdoor basketball, tennis, and pickleball courts
  • Accessible playground (currently under construction) 
  • Picnic shelters (3)
  • Paved walking trail
  • Restroom facilities
  • Dedicated pollinator garden

The following amenities are available within the Davis Center:

  • One multi-purpose room
  • Arts and crafts room
  • Full-service kitchen
  • Computer room 
  • Indoor gymnasium 
  • Restroom facilities

*Areas within the park and center are available for reservation.


1101 Manly Avenue, Wilmington 28405  View Map

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