Portia Mills Hines Proposed Basketball Courts
Portia Mills Hines Proposed Restroom Building
Portia Mills Hines Proposed Restroom Building

Portia Mills Hines Park Improvements

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Portia Mills Hines Park also known as 10th St. Park is located at 400 N.  10th Street in Wilmington.  The 2.78 acre park has a playground, basketball courts and green-space.  The park is also used for events and other activities by the public.



  • Members of the community have requested improvements to the park due to increased events and activities held at the site.

  • In 2018 city staff surveyed Portia Mills Hines area residents and park patrons. The survey results supported the need for restrooms, additional lighting and a walking path.

  • Representatives from the Blue Ribbon Commissions Youth Leadership and Voyage Community Council subsequently petitioned the Wilmington City Council seeking improvements.  

  • Staff originally recommended two separate phases for the project.

    • Phase I would include construction of the restroom building and additional lighting, including lighting for the basketball courts.

    • Phase II would include the addition of a walking trail and off-street parking.

  • A subcommittee of City Council member asked staff to look at Phase I funding after FEMA reimbursements from Hurricane Florence were received.

  • At the October 1, 2019 City Council meeting it was unanimously approved for funding of design and construction of Phase I & II improvements to the park to be done at the same time. The total budget for the project is $725,300. 

  • Design work is currently underway. A public meeting was held on Thursday, October 24 at Dreams of Wilmington. The public provided feedback on the preliminary design concepts.    

Next Steps & Timeline:

Early 2020                         Design expected to be completed

Early 2020:                        Bring back final design to the community at future public meeting

Spring/Summer 2020      Construction documents/permits finalized, construction bids advertised

Winter 2021                       Construction completed

**All timelines tentative at this point based on current information. 


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