Kinston's Parks and Activities Keep Residents Active

Barnet Park in Kinston, NC
Barnet Park in Kinston, NC

Go have fun and play in Kinston, where indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities such as sports, swimming pools, training centers and the Neuse River are available to residents.

Parks & Rec Programs

Eleven parks are managed by the Kinston/Lenoir County Parks & Recreation Department, and the various venues provide adults and children with organized sports programs such as baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, basketball, football and soccer. Outdoor pools are available at Emma Webb Park and Holloway Recreation Center, and a Senior Olympics program is active in the spring and fall.

Woodmen Community Center

The 53,000-square-foot Woodmen Community Center opened in 2012 with amenities like a 25-yard competition lap pool, wellness pool, double gymnasium, cardio/strength training center and a 1/13-mile elevated walk/jog track. In 2013, the center added Lions Water Adventure water park with a 550-foot lazy river and three water slides.

Pink Hill Wellness

Pink Hill Wellness & Education Center opened in 2011 and features a pair of exercise rooms with strength equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines and recumbent bicycles, along with fitness rooms for zumba, kickboxing, aerobics and yoga classes. Also on site is a nursery and rooms to host various Lenoir Community College classes.

Neuse River

The Neuse remains the most utilized waterway in Lenoir County, and a great way to access it is at Neuseway Nature Park. The 55-acre sanctuary features stocked catfish ponds for fishing as well as canoe and kayak rentals, hiking trails and an 18-foot wall for rock climbing.

Grainger Stadium

Kinston's historic 4,100-seat Grainger Stadium welcomes a Freedom Classic three-game baseball tournament each summer where members of the United States Naval Academy and Air Force Academy come together to play ball. The stadium, which opened in 1949, also hosts occasional games each spring for area prep schools such as Kinston High and Arendell Parrott Academy.

Tull’s Mill Pond

The 200-acre Tull’s Mill Pond is open to the public from March 1-Nov. 30 for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Hours are 7 a.m.-dusk, with kayak and canoe rentals available. Fees for fishing on the privately owned pond are $5 for boat fishing and $3 for bank fishing.

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