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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Parks Bond nears completion

Parks Bond nears completion


With the construction of Alderman Park which began in October 2012, the city has completed, or is in process of completing, almost all of the projects identified in the 2006 Parks Bond. Following is an update:

Out of 16 identified projects, 10 have been completed and 4 others are in progress. Two projects identified in the original bond have not been done because the non-city partnering agencies were not able to complete their portions of the planned projects. 

Completed projects

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) improvements       $600,000
Greenfield Park Amphitheater       $500,000
Love Grove Park       $400,000
Maides Park       $900,000
MLK Center       $600,000
NorthSide Splashpad       $400,000
Bike/Greenway System       $1 million
City/County Joint Parks      $7.5 million

Baseball/Softball complex (Olsen Park) - Phase I*      
  Tennis complex (Empie Park)       
$11.9 million


*Only Phase I of the Olsen Park project was included in the 2006 Parks Bond.

Work on Phase II of Olsen Park is well underway and included the installation of amenities such as a picnic shelter and landscaping. 

Development continues at Olsen Park with the current construction of the Miracle Field and a large playground from over $1 million in privately raised funds. The city is also in the process of installing sand volleyball courts at Olsen Park.

The next step in Phase II of Olsen Park is to develop a design for the remaining amenities. City and county staff have been working together toward the completion of this park.

MarStella Park 

Olsen Park 
        In progress

Alderman Park       Construction for Phase I began Oct. 28, 2012; completion expected March 2013        $200,000
Annexation Area Parks        Land acquisition and park development at Inland Greens; development of park in Seagate neighborhood (donated land accepted at Nov. 7 council meeting) and Gary Shell Cross-City Trail         $2.5 million
Inland Greens Golf Course        Stormwater, park and golf course improvements planned; in final stages of design and permitting        Construction bid opening planned for summer 2013
Park land Purchase        Approximately $2.2 million for Olsen Park land acquisition; $1 million for Water Street deck acquisition; $436,000 for pocket park in northern downtown; $412,500 for Gary Shell Cross-City Trail        $4.7 million spent and $655,000 remaining 
Downtown Parks        Water Street parking deck (part of area for deck identified as potential park area) and MarStella Park (between 2nd and 3rd streets)        $1 million

Projects not complete

  • 10th & Fanning Complex. $100k not spent due to the disbandment of Northside/Cape Fear Area Resource Committee; $25K moved to assist with development of nearby Portia Mills-Hines Park

  • Natatorium. $700k re-allocated due to non-realization of partnership with private sector stakeholder committee as originally planned

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