Beloved recreation center hopes for public input on Aug. 31

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The once vibrant and busy Stanley White Recreation Center has been idle since September of 2018 when flooding from Hurricane Florence inflicted severe damages.

The Recreation Center adjoins Henderson Park, which features a ball field, large playground, and walking trail.

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a public input meeting regarding the Stanley White Recreation Center on Monday, Aug 31. This drop-in style gathering, from 3pm until 7pm, will be held at the Omega Center, located at 800 Cedar Street in New Bern. The public is encouraged to attend and share your thoughts. CPL Consultants, a firm specializing in architecture, engineering, and planning, will be on site to guide participants through this process and to receive all comments. For additional information, please call New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit our parks and recreation page online at

Reggie Scales, left, and Rachel Nilson are consultants for the rebuild project. The two met Tuesday night with the City of New Bern’s all-volunteer Advisory Committee.

In a meeting Tuesday night with an all-volunteer group known as the Advisory Committee for Stanley White Recreation Center, Rachel Nilson, an architect with CPL; and Reggie Scales, a planner with CPL, prepped the committee members on how they can assist in maximizing citizen turnout for the four-hour session on Aug. 31.

Also in the works, according to Nilson and Scales, are ambitious outreach efforts that include focus groups and an online survey. The goal, all agreed, is to reach community consensus on a master plan to rebuild the facility and, ultimately, to establish guidelines for the new Recreation Center’s role in New Bern over coming decades.

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