Eight million dollars will go into getting the Stanley White Recreation Center back up and running again, but there is still a lot to discuss, which is why city leaders are inviting community members to attend an input meeting on Thursday.
City of New Bern officials say the opportunities and constraints of moving the Stanley White Recreation Center will be discussed on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Omega Center in New Bern.
“The building itself has been a safe haven for years for numerous youth,” said Robert Morgan, Jr., a Duffyfield resident.
Morgan, says the recreation center is an important topic.
“It’s our responsibility to make sure that we put something in place for the next generations that is going to sustain them,” he added.
City leaders say meetings like these will help prevent the spread of misinformation, including what will happen to Henderson Park and if it will be sold.
“That property is protected through law water conservation fund grant, so it will have to be a park forever,” said Foster Hughes, the director of New Bern Parks and Recreation. “The city can’t sell the property. We’ve also had questions about will all the $8 million be used for this project. Yes, it will, the Board of Alderman already voted on that.”
Hughes says after this meeting, officials will get input on the design of the building and present it to the Board of Aldermen, among other steps.
“Hopefully by spring of next year, things will be squared away,” he continued, “and we can hopefully start doing something to build the recreation center back.”
Morgan says it is great that the city is hosting input sessions, but people have to show up.
“We have to have the residents to come out, voice their concerns, ask questions, because nothing can be done and nothing should be done without the input of the citizens,” he said.