KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Kinston City Council unanimously approved to give the Parks and Recreation Commission $108,100 to repair and restore Lovitt Hines park during a Tuesday meeting.
Bill Ellis with Parks and Rec said the park, which hasn’t been maintained well over the past few decades, is in dire need of work. The money allotted will be used to demolish and dispose of the old basketball court, replace the backstop on the ball field, and demolish the swimming pool and old storage building. In addition, they will install new playground equipment and a game pad.
Ellis said they also are recommending the center be opened for after school programs from 4-6 p.m. during the week, and a teen center from 7-9 p.m. Monday through Friday. He also wants the park opened on the weekend from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Ellis said they would also like to expand summer hours to include a summer camp.
However, some in the community, like David Bell, said the city has sat mute on the issue for far too long. He said they have let the park become a wasteland.
“I’ve seen a lot of talk and people just reacting to people complaining recently but like I said, this problem has been going on for 30 years of misappropriating funds,” Bell said.
Ellis said they plan to start work on the park immediately, and hope to have it done within three months.