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COUNTY OPERATIONS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

As of Tuesday, May 26th -  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. Additionally, all park playgrounds remain closed. 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 June 25 for our second 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 https://ccpr.recdesk.com/Community/Program?category=1 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!

Upcoming Beach Run Dates:
Thursday June 25
Thursday July 9
Thursday July 23
Thursday August 6
Thursday August 20 (Followed by Awards Ceremony)

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.
*** YOU MUST REGISTER MONDAY NIGHT BEFOR 9PM. ****
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.

Camp Park & Play

Meet Carteret County Parks & Recreation staff at your local park each week and experience an assortment of outdoor activities for first through fifth graders who have completed kindergarten as of June 5. Our experienced staff will be onsite to supervise engaging activities in a variety of play options. Each day at your park, we will host a different activity that could fall into any of the following categories: physical fitness, nature, science, arts, sports, crafts and more - but guaranteed to always include FUN! This program is FREE, but requires online registration. For more information, or to register, visit our Programs tab.

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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