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As of August 2020 -  In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Carteret County Parks and Recreation Department continues to modify its normal operating procedures. The interiors of Fort Benjamin Recreation Center and Western Park Community Center remain closed to public access. All County-maintained beach access points, fields, picnic shelters, and restrooms are open to the public, with a maximum of twenty-five occupants per location, in accordance with Phase II of the Governor's re-opening plan.
Anyone having essential business with our department is asked to call ahead. Please remember – this is a continuously evolving situation and these plans and dates are subject to change without notice.
If you have questions regarding specific programs or events, please call our office using the following contact numbers.
Main P&R office: 252.808.3301
Fort Benjamin Recreation Center: 252.222.5858
Western Park Community Center: 252.222.5836

Beach Run Series 2020

Join us on Thursday August 20th for our final Beach Run of the 2020 Annual Beach Run Series.

Safety is our top priority for participants and staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be making a few changes to address the unique safety concerns of our present circumstances.
Changes to the Beach Run Series this year:
• All registrations will be electronic. There will be no paper registrations. Early registration will be held on our website prior to race day at for $7 per participant. Alternatively, you may register the day of the race at this website for $9 per participant.
• To begin the race, drive through our usual location: the parking lot at the Circle Bath House in Atlantic Beach, to pick up your race bib from a staff member, anytime between 5:15pm and 6:15pm.
• Put your race bib on and head down to the beach to start your run. Our intent is to maximize social distancing by staggering start times according to your individual time of arrival. There will be no waiting period, the race will begin when you arrive at the starting line.
With these adjustments in place, we hope to ensure a safer racing experience for your health and wellbeing. We look forward to having you!

2020 Crystal Coast Girls Youth Beach Volleyball League

We're partnering with Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department to host the 2020 Crystal Coast Girls Youth Beach Volleyball League!
Registration is NOW OPEN for the following divisions: Girls 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (as of August 1st). Registration ends September 1st. All games will be held at the Atlantic Beach Circle sand volleyball courts.
Non-residents of Morehead City can register through our Programs tab.
Residents of Morehead City can register through the city's website.
Registration is only $25! Volunteer coaches are needed! For more information, contact AnMarie Ivester (CCPR) at 252-808-3301 &, or Victoria Ward (MHCPR) at 252-726-5083 &!

Yoga in the Park

Yoga in the Park is for all levels of yoga. From novices to seasoned yogis joining, learning and teaching each other in an early morning yoga flow class.
We will meet at Ft Benjamin Park, 100 McQueen Blvd. Newport NC. every Tuesday at 8am through the summer. This class is for anyone with the desire to practice yoga.
To Register text: 919-740-7535
We will meet by the left side of the building. The cost is $10. Bring your own mat and any props you may need. It will be turning hot, so don't forget your water.

Additional Information

For a complete list of programs, exercise classes, activities and more, visit our Programs tab located at the top of the page. From there you will find a detailed schedule of each program we are currently offering. You can also create an online account to make future registration fast and convenient!



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