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City of Kinston discusses possible ownership of Woodmen Center, adventure park

Many people stood before the Lenoir County Commissioners during Tuesday's meeting to express the importance and need of the center they've grown to love. (Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

It was standing room only as people turned out Tuesday to hear officials talk about the possibility of the City of Kinston taking ownership of the Woodmen Community Center and Lions Water Adventure Park.

Many people stood before the Lenoir County Commissioners to express the importance and need of the center they've grown to love. Over the years, the multi-use center has been the home of NBA Draft parties, meetings, a place for adults to exercise and children to play and has brought in a net income of more than $2 million.

The Woodmen Foundation secured a $9.7 million dollar loan to build the Woodmen Community Center and, in addition to the county, city and private parties, donated $5.1 million for the project. Woodmen Life plans to acquire the property from the Woodmen Foundation, absorb the remaining debt remaining on the mortgage and transfer ownership of the facility to the Kinston community.

Click the above video to learn more about Tuesday's meeting.

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