Parks & Recreation

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Morehead City Coronavirus Precautions

Our first priority at the Town of Morehead City is to keep our residents and employees safe.  In order to do our part to keep the Coronavirus from spreading throughout our community, the Parks and Recreation Center, all Playground Facilities, and the Train Depot are closed until further notice.  Parks, trails, basketball and tennis courts remain open.  We are currently accepting park shelter reservations for requests for groups less than 25.  We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and provide regular updates to our employees, the public, the media, on our website, and on our social media sites. 

Morehead City Releases Phased Re-Opening Plan 

As Governor Cooper continues Phase two, Morehead City introduces its own COVID-19 re-opening plan.  The Morehead City Police and Fire Departments, City Hall and the Municipal Building are open to the public.  At this time, the Recreation Center will remain closed to the public.

All City buildings will have new modified restrictions and signage in place to protect the community and employees alike.   The City is following the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Service’s recommendation to respect the three W’s when in public:  Wear a face covering, wash your hands and wait six feet apart.   The City recommends residents wear face coverings while inside City buildings.  City employees who work directly with the public will wear face masks and be stationed behind protective glass.  Floors will be marked to keep residents awaiting services six feet apart.  Hand sanitizer will be available to both residents and employees, and frequent sanitizing of City buildings will continue.

The City stresses the importance of staying home if you’re sick, especially if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.  If citizens can receive services remotely or virtually, the City asks that they continue to do so. 

Municipal recreation and educational classes for Morehead City are provided and give a comprehensive and varied program of activities, services, and resources for its citizens at all levels, from pre-school aged to senior citizens. It is our department’s desire to provide a recreation experience designed to meet constructive and worthwhile goals of the individual participant, groups, and the community at large.

Visit our Facebook page (Town of Morehead City) for daily virtual recreation activities for all ages!

*New* Facility Signage

Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department has given our parks and water access points a facelift. Next time you are out in town, take a look around at our crisp new look!


Fall Youth Tennis League

Philosophy: This league will offer an exciting tennis experience with an emphasis on fun, skill development, tactics and competition.  Concentration will be placed on establishing basic skills such as forehand, backhand, net play and building upon these skills through staff demonstration and instruction.  The league will emphasize technique tactics in an fun training environment.  The camp will be divided by age so the content of the league as well as the intensity will be structured to meet the varying needs of different participants.  All participants should wear comfortable clothing for tennis.  Please bring a tennis racquet (if possible) and a water bottle.  

League Staff: TBA

When: September 15th-October 29th (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Where: Shevans Park Tennis Courts (1501 Evans St.)

Ages: 9-14      Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm     Cost: $25

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2020

Please make checks payable to: Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department

Send to: 706 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC, 28557

For more information: please contact Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department at 252-726-5083 or email

Click here for a printable flyer

Youth Fishing Palooza 

Join Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department for a Kids Fishing Palooza!

This event is for kids ages 3-15 years-old. Prizes will be awarded for first fish caught, most creative fishing hat, largest fish by weight and smallest fish by weight.  Bring your own pole or borrow one of ours (Limited Availability). Bait provided or bring your own.  Registration at 8:30 AM • Registration Fee: $2.00.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 17th • 9:00 AM-11:00 AM at Newport River Fishing Pier • 301 Highway 70.  For more information, please contact Victoria Ward • •Kirk Peterson • • (252) 726-5083

Click here for a printable flyer

Crystal Coast Youth Volleyball League

  • Sponsored by – Carteret County Parks & Recreation Department & Morehead City Parks & Recreation Department 
  • Registration begins in August and runs through September 1st
  • Registration will be taken for the following divisions: Girls 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (Player age as of August 1st) 
  • Registration fees are $25.00 
  • Registration begins August 10th –  ends September 1
  • Games dates are TBD
  • There will be no practices
  • All games will be held at the Atlantic Beach Circle sand volleyball courts
  • Volunteer coaches are needed
  • Registration for Morehead City will be taken online at
  • For more information, please contact: 

Morehead City 

Victoria Ward at 252-726-5083 Ext 6 or

Broad Creek, Newport, Beaufort, Down East

AnMarie Ivester at 252-808-3301 or 

 Click here for a printable flyer

Barre Fitness on the Deck 

Beginning in September, the Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a fitness class called Barre Fitness on the Deck.  This program will be offered on Tuesdays at 7:45 AM as well as Thursdays at 10:00AM at Ottis Landing Weigh Station and Deck. The month-long session will cost $20 (ex; if you would like to attend both class-times for the month, the cost would be $40). Pre-Registration is required. Class-goers need to bring water, a yoga mat or towel is optional. This class is a hybrid of Yoga, Pilates, and Ballet Flexibility and will consist of stretching/strengthening of all major muscle groups, creating lean and long muscles without bulk, and strengthening abdominal and back muscles improving balance and back pain. Barre is a healthy challenge for all ages. For more information contact Victoria Ward at or call 252-726-5083.

Sunset Serenades Concert Series

*Unfortunately due to COVID-19, concerts are cancelled through September 5th.  Updates will be made frequently. 

The Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a concert series that begins after Memorial Day and finishes with a bang at the Town Chirstmas Tree Lighting (held on 12/4/2020 this year). We have a wide range of music from Reggae to Classic Rock to Blue Grass.  There is something for everyone.  Concerts are free and open to the public.  Christmas tree lighting will be held at Katherine Davis Park, all other concerts will be held at Jaycee Park.  

For more information, please contact Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department at 252-726-5083 or email

Sunset Serenades 2020

Morehead City Marlins Cancel 2020 Season

Marlins Statement

Big Rock Fishing Tournament Week; June 5-13th

Each year, locals and visitors alike enter to win the annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament.  The tournament is held in downtown Morehead City at Ottis Landing Weigh Station/ Tournament Central (also known as Big Rock Landing).  For more information, click here. 

MJ and Marlin

We were excited to see Michael Jordan’s 442.3 lb catch on 6/9/20. 

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Our transient docks located at Jaycee Park facilitate several fishing and spectator boats during the week-long event.  

Shevans Park Playground

After many months of planning and construction, Shevans Park is completed.  We are very pleased with the hard work of Carolina Design, K.C. Company Task Contracting, W.F. Lloyd Painting, Leathers and Associates, neighbors for their patience, as well as our Parks and Recreation staff on this project.  Thank you Tim Wilson for the awesome photo! Click here for a video tour of Shevans Park! *The Playground is not yet open*Shevans Park May 2020

Summer Day Camp 2020

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, summer day camp 2020 has been cancelled.  If your child was registered for camp, you should receive a refund check in the mail by May 22, 2020.  

Shevans Park Picket Pick-up

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If you have not yet retrieved your fence picket from Shevans Park playground, we have done the hard work for you! The fence pickets will be held for a limited time at the Recreation Center located at 1600 Fisher Street, Morehead City.  Pickets are available for pick-up by appointment only between the hours of 8AM-3PM.  Call Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department with questions, or to let us know you are coming! 252-726-5083 ext 6.