To the Editor: Stanley White Center should be rebuilt at its present location on Chapman Street, not at the proposed new location off Neuse Boulevard.  Far from being only ball fields and basketball courts, the Center is much more — a meeting place for nearby residents, an after-school place for kids to go, a counseling center for adults to learn parenting skills and get help with completing job applications. More than a place to exercise, it’s a safe place for children and their parents.  The city has purchased property in and around Gaston Boulevard and across from the main fire station, which is being considered for the re-location of Read More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a Community Workshop at the Omega Center, 800 Cedar St.,  at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss location options for the new Stanley White Recreation Center. This meeting is required by FEMA, which has funds available for the center as the result of damage it sustained from Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  The city’s consultant, CPL and FEMA will make a presentation. There will be a Public Comment/Question and Answer session after the presentation. Previous New Bern Post coverage about Stanley White Recreation Center here. The city plans to raze the existing building due toRead More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a public input meeting regarding the Stanley White Recreation Center on Monday, Aug. 31. This drop-in style meeting will be held at the Omega Center, located at 800 Cedar Street in New Bern. The meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and share your thoughts. CPL: Architecture – Engineering – Planning will be on site to guide participants through this process and receive comments. For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit the parks and recreation page online at www.NewBernNC.gov.Read More →

Plans to raze Hurricane Florence-damaged Stanley White Recreation Center and build a new facility just off Neuse Boulevard are facing the prospect of a full environmental assessment that would require city officials to provide possibly embarrassing information that could jeopardize the project. The city — with Mayor Dana Outlaw and protege Alderman Jeffrey Odham leading the way — has been pushing for the project despite strong objections from residents in the area and aldermen who represent the vicinity. Federal officials said the project will require an Environmental Assessment, but said they should not worry, assuming that they did their due diligence in addressing community concerns.Read More →

After working diligently with community leaders from the Duffy field area for two years, receiving 8 million dollars in grant money from FEMA, and designing/quoting the project with an architect in totality, members of the New Bern Board of Aldermen want to re-locate the Stanley White Recreation Center. This may seem small if you are outside the community, but believe me when I tell you just how much this land means to the people who have grown up in the facility. I am seriously shocked at the city’s adamant attempts to relocate this major asset seeing as every opinion that they have carefully considered hasRead More →

The city is proposing that Stanley White Recreation Center be moved to a new location with Broad Street frontage so that it won’t be further damaged by future flooding. Here’s why it’s important to do as much as humanly possible to keep it exactly where it is. In a map of the predominately black Duffyfield area of New Bern, Stanley White Recreation Center is located toward the center. The city proposes moving the center to Duffyfield’s very edge. It would be more of a Broad Street-oriented structure, almost right next door to the tony, nearly all white DeGraffenreid neighborhood. Stanley White Recreation Center was builtRead More →

The city of New Bern has about $8 million at its disposal to spend on the Stanley White Recreation Center, which has sat unused and moldering while awaiting decisions on its fate since it was flooded during Hurricane Florence in September 2018. Some city leaders say the existing facility is too vulnerable to flooding. Rebuilding it would be putting good money after bad. In fact, the city had just put $1 million into the facility just before Hurricane Florence. To move things forward, the city spent about $440,000 to purchase several lots between Broad Street, Gaston Boulevard, Third Avenue, and Elm Street. Mayor Dana OutlawRead More →

Stanley White Recreation Center is named for Stanley Augustus White, who was athletic director for Cedar Street Recreation Center and a minor-league baseball player who died in an electrical accident during a game on Father’s Day, June 20, 1971. More about Stanley White Cedar Street Recreation Center was built between 1948 and 1952 for $258,200 and was built for New Bern’s African American residents during a time when courts ruled that segregation was permissible as long as facilities were “separate but equal.” “Separate” was taken literally, but “equal” was another matter. Around the corner on George Street, a much nicer facility for whites had beenRead More →

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding the City of New Bern a $5,629,986.75 million grant to repair damage to the Stanley White Recreation Center from Hurricane Florence. Senator Thom Tillis’ office met with officials from the city of New Bern on the funding request and pushed FEMA to award the grant. “New Bern suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Florence, including severe damage to the Stanley White Recreation Center,” Tillis said. “I am proud to have worked with the city of New Bern to advocate this grant so we can begin repairs to this important community staple.” The facilityRead More →

By Jameesha Harris I serve as the Ward 2 Alderwoman for the City of New Bern’s Board of Aldermen. I am writing out of concern for my experience at the April 13, 2021 City of New Bern Board of Alderman meeting regarding the 4-3 decision to change the scope of work on the City Market/VOLT Center. When the original planning meetings were conducted regarding the grants and funding needed to build and operate the City Market/VOLT Center on First Street, there were many community representatives at the table at the CCDRA in the O. Marks building. Some vital and trusted community reps included Corey PurdieRead More →