NAVASSA, NC (WECT) - The town of Navassa will be receiving development assistance for Phoenix Park by Brunswick County.
In 2013, the town of Navassa was awarded a Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) in the amount of $96,000 for the proposed Phoenix Park, to be built at the intersection of Mt. Misery Rd. and Cedar Hill Rd.
Phoenix Park then became a reality with the donation of 17 acres of land from the former DAK Americas/DuPont site.
Since the town of Navassa doesn't have in-house staff to coordinate such a project, they have contracted with the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) to administer the project.
When CFCOG took over administration of the project, it became clear to the group and the county that the project was going to be far more expensive than proposed in the grant and covered by the grant funding.
The general scope of the work needed by the county involves general earthwork, sowing grass, ball field preparation, and permitting/erosion control measures.
CFCOG officials explained that it's very difficult to put a financial value on this work due to the fact that the town of Navassa does not have an engineered site plan and therefore does not have any of the appropriate DENR permits for storm water, erosion control, or sedimentation control.
Pat Thomas, of CFCOG, said if conditions are stable the best estimate of a value for the scope of the work is between $60,000-$80,000; however, the county will not complete any work on this site until an engineered site plan and proper permits have been obtained by the Town of Navassa.
Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis was excited when he learned that the county will step in to help. He believes it will help curb violence among youth.
"The development of this park will allow us to grow as a town," Willis said. "Hopefully it will inspire the children of our community to get active and stay out of trouble, but at the very least maybe it will motivate parents to take their children there."
At this point, there is no time frame for construction of the project.
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