Hurricane Florence recovery continues in Craven County.
The New Bern Parks and Recreation administration building saw a few inches of water after the storm.
Staff had been working at the aquatics center for the past six months.
Last week, the building reopened after it had a paint job. The new office welcomes a new signage, an expanded parking lot, and an added ADA kayak access ramp.
“We knew the building was not substantially damaged. We knew we were going to come back in here. I was just hoping we were going to get here sooner than later. So six months is fine,“ said Foster Hughes, director at New Bern Parks and Recreation.
Hughes said most parks have been repaired except a few including Lawson Creek and Glenburnie Park.
However, the Stanley White Recreation Center was “substantially damaged“. The 18,000 square foot building has more than $600,000 in damages. It’s enough to tear down the facility that was opened since the 1970s.
“Recreation has changed a lot in those 44 years. So we got to look at our new facility, [and] what are the trends now,“ said Hughes.
Hughes said he has been speaking with locals about what to include in the new facility. He added it will be a time-consuming project.
In the meantime, the West New Bern Recreation Center is open to the public.