Work is underway on the city's flagship North Waterfront Park. After several revisions and a re-bid to reduce construction expenses, the city now has a plan of action and an approved construction contract of $29.17 million. The park is expected to be ready for the 2021 concert season.
Increases from the initial $20 million estimate are largely related to infrastructure and site improvements in and around the site, as well as construction cost inflation that has become more pronounced since Hurricane Florence.
The final plan contains all but two of the originally planned amenities for the park – public art and the floating dock – that can be added later. The park will be a cornerstone attraction for all of Wilmington and our surrounding region to enjoy.
What will be included?
The park will include numerous amenities, including:
- Greenspace & lawns
- A large concert venue & festival space
- Shade trees
- Splash Pad
- Large plaza
- Natural areas
About the park
In 2013, the city purchased a 6.6-acre tract of land for the park along the northern downtown waterfront, near the Isabel Holmes Bridge. An extensive public input campaign was conducted to get feedback about what citizens wanted in the park. The input was used to develop the park North Waterfront Park Master Plan, approved by City Council in 2016.
The park will be partially funded by the voter-approved 2016 Parks Bond.
In October 2018, the Wilmington City Council approved a sponsorship policy that will be utilized to generate private investment in the park. This type of sponsorship program is common for urban downtown parks across the country, especially for large parks that serve as a regional and/or national attraction as North Waterfront Park is expected to be. The park will not only serve as a regional destination because of the park and gardens on the riverfront, but also a national attraction because of the bands the stage venue and park will accommodate, which will be the largest on the NC/SC coast.
Can I choose where an item is located in the park (i.e. bench near the entrance)?No, unfortunately donors will not be able to specifically choose where the item will be located.
How long do the $1,000 and under donations last?Donations ($1,000 and under) are one-time donations. Donors will be recognized on the park donor wall.
How long do the $35,000 and up sponsorships last?The $35,000 and up sponsorships last for 10 years.
Nov. 19, 2019 City Council Meeting
Nov. 5, 2018 City Council Agenda Briefing
- View the presentation for full details (14 MB)
- Listen to an audio recording of the presentation from the Nov. 5 agenda briefing