Park design finalized
After an extensive public input process, design for the North Waterfront Park has been completed. The final schematic design was shown at a public meeting at City Hall on April 16, 2018.
Work on the final details for the design is expected to wrap up this summer and construction is expected to begin by the end of this year. The park will include numerous amenities, including:
- Greenspace & lawns
- A large concert venue & festival space
- Shade trees
- Splash Pad
- Large plaza
- Public art
- Natural areas
In 2013, the city purchased a 6.6-acre tract for the park along the northern downtown waterfront near the Isabel Holmes Bridge. An extensive public input campaign was conducted in 2014 to get feedback about what citizens wanted in the park, which was used to develop the park master plan approved by City Council earlier this year. The citizens of Wilmington approved $20 million for development of the park as part of the 2016 Parks Bond.
- View a fact sheet about the park
- View a presentation about design of the park
- View the final design/site plan of the park
Thank you to the Wilmington residents who overwhelmingly approved the Parks Bond in the November 2016 election. The development of the North Waterfront Park is one of the approved projects.
The Master Plan for this park was created by city staff after extensive public input. From May-December 2014, the city received approximately 1,400 comments from public meetings, presentations, events, community centers, an online survey and social media.
Additional open space is a top priority in the city’s park master plan and was the number one recommendation in the city’s Vision 2020 plan that outlines a plan for downtown development. “The lack of downtown parks and open space has a critical impact on the urban environment. Without inviting recreation opportunities or public gathering places, the reasons for visiting or staying downtown are reduced for both local residents and tourists,” the plan states.
March 2, 2015 Meeting - Public input results
May 22, 2014 Public input meeting
- Watch the presentation from the May 22 public input meeting
- Read the presentation from the May 22 public input meeting