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What to expect the next time you visit Freeman Park

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Changes to Freeman Park are expected to be complete by the busy tourist season. Changes to Freeman Park are expected to be complete by the busy tourist season.

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – Several changes at Freeman Park should be ready by the busy tourist season this year in Carolina Beach.

A memo from Town Manager Michael Cramer to town leaders outlines the various plans in place for the popular beach spot.

The police presence on Freeman Park will double, according to Cramer's memo. The newly formed Community Impact Unit will assign officers to special tasks throughout the year, and Freeman Park duty will be their first project.

The extra officers, combined with a newly rehabilitated command center, is expected to diffuse any problems before they escalate on the beach strand.

Councilman Steve Shuttleworth said the on-going improvements should be a positive change for both visitors to the park and families living nearby.

A Hatteras ramp designed to decrease any traffic backups at the entrance to the park is scheduled to be completed by the end of April. Additional trash and recycling receptacles are also planned for the park this summer.

"We're working to improve the experience and continue good, environmental stewardship of the area," Shuttleworth said.

The councilman was one of several town leaders and community members to sweep through the sand for trash after a busy holiday weekend.

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