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As of Monday, September 14th, 2020: In accordance with Phase 2.5 of the North Carolina Coronavirus Response, all Carteret County Parks & Recreation locations are currently open to the public, at limited capacity. All open areas, fields, trails, beach access points, playgrounds, and public restrooms are open for daily use.
In addition, the following facilities will be open during designated operating hours:
  • 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.
Shelter are open to parties of 50 or less, and can be reserved here

Fortnite Frenzy!

Join us in November for Fortnite Frenzy! This is an Online Tournament hosted by Carteret County Parks & Recreation. Send us your top screenshots, and earn points toward the Frenzy Board! Winners are eligible for up to $100 in gift cards to the gaming storefront of your choice! The maximum prize and total number of prizes are based on participation, so invite your friends! $15 Pre-Registration is Required. Sign up today on the Program Page!

Countdown to Halloween

Countdown to Halloween Contests
Every week counting down to Halloween we will have a new contest. Weeks 1, 3 and 4 require contestants to submit photos through Facebook Messenger or email. (Photos posted directly to our page will not qualify). Qualifying entries and winners, including names, will all be posted on our site to share. If you do not want your name posted with your entry, please ensure you let us know upon entry submission.
All contests and information concerning will be posted to our Facebook pages: Fort Benjamin Park-Carteret County Parks & Recreation Department and Carteret County Parks & Recreation.
1st Week Pumpkin Coloring Contest, use the pumpkin pattern we provide and submit your finished drawing for judging. Four different age groups awarded: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14.
2nd Week Creepy Candy Count, give us your best number for the candy in the jar pictured. The right number (or closest) wins!
3rd Week Creature Feature, dress up your pet and submit a picture for judging.
4th Week Costume Contest, dress up in your best costume and submit a picture for judging. Age groups awarded: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and a Bonus Family category! (Family photo where all members are dressed in the same theme).

Weekly winners receive a $10 gift card to Chick-fil-A or Dairy Queen. Bonus Family Category wins a $25 gift card to Chick-fil-A! But wait...Everyone is a winner! All participants in our Countdown to Halloween (if you participate in at least one contest) will receive a prize/and a drive through our parking lot “Trunk or Treat”, socially distanced, prize pick up. Don’t forget to say hello to V103.3 as you roll by. This will be held at Fort Benjamin Park from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm, Friday October 30! No need to leave your vehicle, we will happily and safely hand you your prizes!
But why only participate in 1 contest, when you can participate in
all 4 and have the chance to win a prize every week in October!
See you there!

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 Fort Benjamin Park, 100 McQueen Blvd. Newport NC every Tuesday at 9am.  This class is for anyone with the desire to practice yoga.
To Register text: 919-740-7535
We will meet at the picnic shelter on the right side of the building. In inclement weather we will meet in the exercise room.  The cost is $10. Bring your own mat and any props you may need. 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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