KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A groundbreaking ceremony will ring in Emma Webb Park on Wednesday.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. at 101 East Highland Avenue in Kinston. Kinston Teens has been working with the City of Kinston since 2021 to make the dream a reality.

“Our organization’s role in this partnership was to empower youth and neighborhood residents to be true stakeholders in this planning process,” said Chris Suggs, founder of Kinston Teens and a member of Kinston’s City Council. “This project team worked together to gather and translate community input into the Emma Webb Park Master Plan.

“This plan includes new recreation amenities, a stream restoration effort and green infrastructure. It is our goal that the implementation of this plan will make Emma Webb a local and regional model for green space restoration and community-centered flood mitigation.”

(City of Kinston illustration)

The park is receiving $1 million in funding, which has been secured by the City of Kinston.

Further details on the full plans for Emma Webb Park can be found by going to and