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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

  • The Stanley White Recreation Center and West New Bern Recreation Center will CLOSE at 5pm on Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.
  •  All Parks and Recreation activities, programs, and Special Events are Cancelled until further notice.
  •  All City of New Bern Parks will be CLOSED effective Wednesday until further notice. 

Kidsville 2.0 
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.  




More Information


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