Announcements & News


All Carteret County Parks & Recreation facilities and buildings are currently open to the public, at limited capacity - per the latest executive order on mass gatherings. 
  • Carteret County Parks & Recreation Main Office: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. For more info, call: (252) 808-3301.
  • Fort Benjamin Recreation Center: Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-2pm. For more info, call: (252) 222-5858.
  • Western Park Community Center: Mon-Sat, based on schedule of events. For more info, call: (252) 222-5836.
For picnic shelter rentals click here
**Due to the ongoing pandemic, youth basketball season will not occur as normal in 2021.  Stay tuned for information about an alternative outdoor basketball option later in the spring.  

2021 3v3 Basketball Tournament

Carteret County Parks and Recreation Department and Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department are partnering up to offer a 3 on 3 spring basketball tournament for youth. The Tournament will be divided into age groups as follows: 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14. Ages 9-10 will play at Fort Benjamin. All other age groups will play at Rotary Park in Morehead City. To register, or for more information, visit the following Program Pages:

  • Ages 9-10, Playing April 9th at Fort Benjamin, Beginning at 6:00pm
  • Ages 11-12, Playing April 14th at Rotary Park, Beginning at 6:00pm
  • Ages 13-14, Playing April 23rd at Rotary Park, Beginning at 6:00pm

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp returns Monday, April 5th, 2021, and runs through Friday, April 9th! Join us at Fort Benjamin for a week of fun activities! Games, Crafts, STEM activities, and most importantly FUN! Open to kids age 6 to 10. Only $20 per day. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the Programs Page or call 252-222-5858.

Teen Night @ The Fort

Join us Friday, March 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Fort Benjamin for an evening of FUN! We will have MUSIC, GAMES, SNACKS and MORE!!! This event is open for youth ages 12-15, registration is $5/participant. Don’t wait, register today! Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit the Program Page.

Kids Cooking Class

A fun afternoon in the kitchen awaits your child! Join us March 29th at Fort Benjamin from 3:30 to 5:30 for a great opportunity to learn a few basic cooking skills, participate in some fun food games, and eat all your food creations! This program is open to children ages 6 to 9 years old. To register, visit the Program page.

Try Tennis @ Eastern Park

Grab a racket, learn the game!
Try Tennis Junior is a new tennis program for beginner juniors ages 11-16 years old. Spend more than six hours with a tennis instructor, and get a FREE junior tennis racquet, and FREE try tennis towel. Classes held April 5th through 9th, Monday through Thursday, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm and Friday 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Eastern Park Tennis Courts in Smyrna. To register, click here.
For more information contact Lynnette Worthington Livingston at Western Park Community Center 252-222-5836 or email

Yoga For All

Yoga is for everybody and every body.  All levels is just that, yoga for beginners to seasoned practitioners.  Class is open to all adults and is a continuous program, Tuesday's from 9am-10am.  For more information or to register please contact Pat Sorrell, or at 919-740-7535.
If you're ready to become the happiest, healthiest version of you, get your spot now!

Senior Yoga

Yoga is beneficial at any age, but for seniors, a regular yoga practice will keep old age at bay. It helps us to reverse some of the aging process by gaining health, wellness, strength, and endurance. Senior Yoga Classes are held Thursdays at Western Park, from 9:30am to 10:30am, at the cost of $10 per person, per session. Open to all adults over 50! For more information, contact Registered Yoga Teacher Pat Sorrell at 919-740-7535, or

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is back at Western Park Community Center! Join us Thursday mornings beginning November 5th from 11:00am to 12:00pm for professional Chair Yoga guidance from instructor Pat Sorrell. Chair Yoga is open to all ages, and registration is only $10 per session. To register, contact Pat at, or 919-740-7535.

Senior Games Registration

As of Monday, February 1st, 2021, registration for the 34th Annual Carteret County Senior Games & Silver Arts is open! Early Bird Registration for this year's Senior Games will run through March 12th, 2021, and costs only $15. The games will be held April 12th to May 12th. Registration assistance will be available on March 5th at Fort Benjamin, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Registration forms can be found here. For more information, contact Darlene at 252-222-5858.

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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