James E. L. Wade Park, one of the city's newest parks, recently received the Outstanding Stewardship Award from the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition.
The 17-acre park includes 11 acres of wetlands and opened in 2009. It is located off Waltmoor Drive at 3500 Bethel Road and has several amenities, including a 1/2-mile multi-use path, playground and a picnic shelter.
The stormwater wetland within the park is what makes it unique. The wetland has two primary purposes:to filter and help clean stormwater before it runs into the Hewlett's Creek watershed, and to reduce flooding in the area. The wetlands remove pollutants from stormwater runoff for 10 percent of the Hewlett's Creek watershed, making it the largest stormwater wetland in the area.
The park was developed in partnership with the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund and New Hanover County.
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