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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 provide social, cultural, environmental, and physical well-being opportunities through recreation.

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

Hurricane Florence Update 
 VIDEO: Stanley White Recreation Center Update

*The Stanley White Recreation Center is Closed until further notice, due to flooding. 


 *The West New Bern Recreation Center Gym is OPEN
Monday - Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday - 8am - 6pm
Saturday - 9am - 3pm

*The boat launch at Glenburnie Park, Union Point Park and  launch #1 at Lawson Creek Park are OPEN. 
All other City Boat Launches are CLOSED until further notice.
All  parks are currently open to the public.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Kidsville 2.0 UPDATE*
The Kidsville 2.0 Community Build is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 16 and run through Sunday, June 21st!  We need Your Help:
  • Volunteers to help build Kidsville.
  • Tools: Drills, Impact Drivers, Circular Saws, Table Saws, Miter Saws and More.  
  • Sponsorships:  There is still time to purchase a playground component, tile, brick or pickets.  Click on the Kidsville Sponsorship opportunities for more details.
To Volunteer, Please call us at 252-639-2901 or click here to send an email now!  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Kidsville is a tradition that has been in the New Bern community since 1994.  This unique wooden playground has been an entertaining and creative outlet for thousands of children over the years.  After 24 years of service, it is now time to replace the aging structure due to safety concerns.  The budget for the new Kidsville 2.0 is $300,000.  The City of New Bern has agreed to match donations $1 for $1 up to $150,000.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please click on the following link for Kidsville 2.0 Sponsorship Opportunities.  

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More Information

For more information on our department, please click on the link below
Go to Rec Desk Website