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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DOCUMENT: Ordinance making a Supplemental Appropriation in the Amount of $67,100 from Empie Park Phase II Tennis Complex (3CRPK0749) to Portia Mills-Hines Park Improvements (3CRPK1210) for the Design of Restrooms and Lighting [budget impact $67,100] (June 4, 2019)
PRESENTATION: Community Engagement Meeting (Oct. 24, 2019)