Park Concept Updates:

Park designers have created two concepts for the North Waterfront Park, tentatively expected to open in fall 2019.

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North Waterfront Park option A map

North Waterfront Park option B map

Next steps
The input received from the November 27 meeting and December online survey will be used to refine a design concept that will be shown at a public meeting in spring 2018. A third and final public meeting will be held in May/June 2018 with a finalized design concept. Once that is approved, the design will be completed in late 2018 and construction will start shortly thereafter.

In 2013, the city purchased a 6.6-acre tract for the park along the northern 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. The input received from citizens and the subsequent master plan was used to create the conceptual designs now being considered.

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


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