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Parks & Recreation

About Us                                    
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 Foster Hughes, CPRE
Director of Parks and Recreation

Welcome to the New Bern Parks and Recreation website.  As we update this site, you will be able to browse 25 parks, 5 cemeteries, several special use facilities, youth and adult athletics, a variety of programs and year round special events.

Our department is nationally accredited through CAPRA (Commission for the Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies).

Our Mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens through the development of sustainable facilities, parks, programs, and services that promote a lifestyle of cultural arts, physical activity and wellness for all.

If you have any questions about our facilities, parks, programs, or special events, please contact us at (252)639-2901.

Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan (2013)   
Martin Marietta Park Master Plan (2018)

uly 28, 2020 
The New Bern Aquatic Center is CLOSED due to a pump malfunction.
Stay tuned for updates.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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The following Parks and Recreation facilities are closed to the public until further notice :

  • The George Street Splash Pad is now open.
  • The New Bern Aquatic Center is now open.
  • All shelters are now open.  Shelters can be reserved online.  Click HERE to reserve a shelter.  Mass Gathering limit of 25 is in effect.
  • Summer Camps are being offered.  Click HERE to register for summer camp.
  • The Tennis/Pickleball Courts at Seth West Parrott Park are now open.  Single play only.  Participants must observe physical distancing.

City Park open-space and trails will remain open during normal hours; however, citizens are encouraged to maintain social distancing and refrain from large group gatherings.

 Additionally, all organized Parks and Recreation activities, programs, special events, youth and adult sports (games and practices) held at City of New Bern Parks are suspended until further notice.

The City of New Bern Cemetery Services will continue to process requests; however, all services will be provided electronically until in-person services are required. For any questions or service requests, please call 252-639-2904.

Registration for upcoming athletic seasons and programs will continue, however, schedule modifications may be necessary should impacts from COVID-19 continue. Online Registration is available on this page.

For any other Parks and Recreation related questions, please call 252-639-2901.


 The City will continue to evaluate the Coronavirus situation and communicate further schedule and operational changes as necessary.   We encourage everyone to heed the guidance and advice of health professionals at the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS).  To prevent the spread of illness, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Avoid touching your face.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough/sneeze into your elbow.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are not feeling well.  And clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.

 The City has set up a Coronavirus resource repository, with links to information from the CDC, NCDHHS, World Health Organization (WHO) an the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on our website at

Kidsville 2.0
  • Sponsorships:  There is still time to purchase a playground component, tile, brick or pickets.  Click on the Kidsville Sponsorship opportunities for more details.
  • Please click on the following link for Kidsville 2.0 Sponsorship Opportunities.  
For additional information, Please call us at (252)639-2901 or click here to send an email now!  

More Information
 VIDEO: Stanley White Recreation Center Update
For more information on our department, please click on the link below
Go to Rec Desk Website