WNCT9: Kinston community center opens ahead of waterpark


KINSTON, N.C. – There’s a new place to hang out in Kinston.

The Woodmen of the World community center officially opened Thursday.

Parks and Rec officials delayed the opening for a few days because of some last minute improvements to the plans.

A half million dollar state grant made the waterpark possible and Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy says it’s a great thing for Kinston.

“The investment by the woodmen, the investment by the different private partners in the city and county, this will certainly help us retain companies and also recruit companies and it certainly increases our quality of life in our community,” said Murphy.

The waterpark is set to open later this summer.

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KINSTON, N.C. – If you’ve been hoping to beat the heat at a new water park in Kinston, you’ll have to wait a little longer.

The Woodman of the World Community Center in Kinston will open in a couple of weeks, but the highly anticipated water park attached to it will not.

Kinston Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Director Bill Ellis says that’s because of some last minute improvements to the plans.

“We just wanted to take out time and do it right because we think this is going to be a show place for the east,” said Ellis. “We’ve added a bath house. We’ve added a full concession stand, and life guard area and made the lazy river a little longer, so we’re just doing it right.”

Eliis says the community center will open July 23rd. And they are hopeful the water park will open by Labor Day.