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Craven County Recreation and Parks Department
406 Craven St.
New Bern, NC 28560

(252) 636-6606

The Craven County Parks and Recreation Department offers programs and classes for preschool and school-age children throughout the school year. Karate is instructed year round for ages 3 and older. Tennis lessons, baton twirling, soccer, Pop Warner football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball for girls and boys are among the sports activities organized and supervised seasonally. The department sponsors Special Olympics and a Special Needs Day Camp as well as traditional summer day-camp programs every year.

Additionally, Craven County's Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park honors that family's gift of land, matched by a Land Match and a grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The magnificent addition to the county parks system at 1095 Broad Creek Road boasts a boardwalk with covered viewing areas, fishing opportunities and a canoe/kayak launching area. Boats can tie up at the boardwalk, but no boat launch is available.  In April, the department offers a digital camera class at the new park to assist nature lovers in capturing great scenes and shots, with details and registration available on the department website.


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