News Release

Woodmen Community Center to Open Year-Round Wellness Pool

March 14, 2012

Kinston, N.C. - The new Woodmen Community Center, located at the former Smithfield Packing Site, 2602 W. Vernon Ave. in Kinston, has recently broken ground on a 1,000 sq. ft. wellness pool.

According to Jim Stolze, the wellness pool has significant potential in terms of overall community health and wellness. The pool will have wheelchair access and will be utilized for individual and group therapy sessions that will focus on prevention, wellness and health maintenance.  The "wellness" pool water temperature will be kept at 90 degrees year-round.

The competition pool will be 25 yards in length, 8 lanes, and will be constructed to competition pool standards, including a gallery area.  This will allow the Woodmen Community Center to host many swimming events.

The Woodmen Community Center structure is over one acre in size, and will sit on approximately 17 acres of land. The facility will consist of two gymnasiums, an elevated walking and running track, a large cardio and fitness area, several meeting rooms, a kitchen, locker rooms, City of Kinston Parks and Recreation offices, and Woodmen of the World Field offices.  The gymnasiums will be used for basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and planned indoor batting cages.  The facility is expected to open in July of 2012.

For more information call 402-271-7228 or visit