The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department operates most of its programs from three centers: Stanley White Recreation Center at 901 Chapman Street, (252) 639-2919; West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pine Tree Drive, (252) 639-2912; and the Community Resource Center, 908 Bloomfield Street, (252) 636-4127. For details about seasonal programs, call the New Bern Parks and Recreation Department and ask for brochures or visit one of the centers. Each is staffed by a center supervisor and program directors are happy to answer inquiries.
Programs include cheerleading, golf and football. Tee-ball and baseball are offered to youths between the ages of 6 and 12. Babe Ruth baseball is played by youths ages 13 through 18. Girls' softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and wrestling also are offered. Adult leagues cover softball, basketball, flag football and volleyball. For tennis lovers, the department operates four public courts, all of which are lighted for night play. Other classes for all ages include ceramics, creative writing, aerobics, bridge and martial arts.
There are two after-school programs for ages 6 to 13 at the two recreation centers offering computer use, help with homework, and games. Clubs devoted to special interests, such as outdoor adventure, miniatures and embroidery are available, and special programs include billiards, softball and table tennis. The department also offers a number of programs for seniors, detailed in the New Bern Retirement section.
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