Havelock Health & Wellness
2911 Brunswick Ave.
New Bern, NC 28562
Courts Plus is a fully equipped fitness center with Broadcast Vision cardio exercise equipment, expanded free-weight facilities and state-of-the-art weight-training. Staff personal trainers remain on site. Indoor and outdoor pools facilitate lap swimming and organized water aerobics while four racquetball courts and organized basketball round out the choices. Child care and special programs for children provide fun year round, freeing adults for some self-care activities. Tanning booth, lockers, towels, sauna and steam room finish any session, and the pro shop offers clothing and equipment for every fitness need. Visitors may purchase a one-month temporary membership.
Craven County Parks and Recreation Department
406 Craven St.
New Bern, NC 28560
The Craven County Parks and Recreation Department offers programs for citizens of all ages. Activities and events throughout the year vary according to age, season and interest levels. Young people can learn or perfect baton twirling, karate, tennis, soccer, baseball, girls softball and youth basketball. Youth camps offer sports, cheerleading, summer day camps and environmental education camps. Other special events scheduled for youth are a fishing derby and tennis lessons.
Adults find flag football, co-ed softball, road races, tennis lessons and tournaments, golf classes, dog-obedience instruction, senior archery and kayak lessons. The recreation department is also a lead agency for the Neuse River Senior Games, an Olympic-style event for competitors ages 55 and older. The department sponsors the Craven County Special Olympics for ages 8 and older where sports include basketball, bowling, aquatics, equestrian events, cycling, track and field, golf and Bocce. More than 400 athletes compete and 500 volunteers assist in this program every year.
The department rents canoes, kayaks and other sports equipment to the general public. Picnic shelters and ball fields can be reserved for exclusive use through the recreation department with rental fees and deposits required. Since events and activities vary according to season and available resources, a visit to the department can clarify what is offered when. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.
3340 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28560
Gold/s Gym, at the corner of McCarthy Boulevard and Dr. M. L. King Jr. Boulevard, offers more than 300 pieces of user-friendly exercise equipment. Cross-training and bike machines, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines, Cybex and free weights are ready to help clients get and stay fit. New members start with fitness assessments and assistance with setting realistic fitness goals by a personal trainer one-on-one. Group classes are offered in Body Attack, Body Pump, Body Step, Body Flow, Yoga, Tai Chi, kickboxing, floor and senior fitness, weight training and spinning. Amenities include a juice bar, a nutrition center, tanning beds, a stand-up booth for tanning and free child care. The gym is open daily with a variety of membership options.
New Bern Parks and Recreation Department
248 Craven St.
New Bern, NC 28560
The New Bern Parks and Recreation Department operates most of its programs from three centers: Stanley White Recreation Center at 901 Chapman Street, (252) 639-2919; West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pine Tree Drive, (252) 639-2906; and the Community Resource Center, 908 Bloomfield Street, (252) 636-4127. For details about seasonal programs, call the New Bern Parks and Recreation Department and ask for brochures or visit one of the centers. Each is staffed by a center supervisor, an athletic supervisor and program directors happy to answer inquiries.
Programs include youth lessons in tennis, cheerleading, baton twirling, golf and football. Tee-ball and baseball are offered to youths between the ages of 6 and 12. Babe Ruth baseball is played by youths ages 13 through 18. Girls' softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and wrestling also are offered. Adult leagues cover softball, basketball, flag football and volleyball. For tennis lovers, the department operates four public courts, all of which are lighted for night play. Other classes for all ages include ceramics, creative writing, aerobics, bridge and martial arts.
There are three after-school programs for ages 6 to 13 at the two recreation centers and the Community Resource Center offering computer use, help with homework, and games. Clubs devoted to special interests, such as outdoor adventure, miniatures, model airplanes and embroidery are available, and special programs include billiards, softball, table tennis tournaments, as well as a ceramic and hobby show each May. The department also offers a number of programs for seniors, detailed in the New Bern Retirement section.
Twin Rivers YMCA
100 YMCA Ln.
New Bern, NC 28560
Families affiliated with or belonging to Twin Rivers YMCA find programs appropriate to all ages from preschool swim lessons and youth progressive swim lessons through lifeguard classes, adult swim lessons, competitive swimming, aqua aerobics and arthritis aquatics. The YMCA provides youth sports programs for flag football, basketball and soccer and directs an after-school enrichment program for children during the school year. A summer sports camp and day camp keeps school vacation time active and fun.
Besides swimming, older adults may participate in low-impact aerobics, step aerobics, Pilates, Silver Sneakers and yoga. Other adult programs include volleyball, basketball and racquetball. A weight room and wellness center encourage teens ages 16 and older to enhance fitness through strength training and the use of a variety of cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills, stair-climbers, cross-trainers and exercise bicycles. An indoor walking track is in use rain or shine by all age groups, and the YMCA's Aquatics Center offers water slides, a spray park, a zero-entry section, plenty of deck space, and lots of room for lap swimming, playing and fun. The "bubble roof" over the outdoor pool keeps swimming available during cooler months. Thelma Bernard at the front desk can answer any membership questions.