Wilmington residents gathered at City Hall Thursday evening for a special public input session.
Residents were asked to give city staffers their opinions on what should be placed in the new Northern Waterfront Park. The park will be located downtown north of the PPD building, a site that at one time was considered for a minor league baseball stadium.
Amy Beatty, Superintendent of Recreation and Downtown Services, led the meeting with a presentation breaking down what the city was requesting. Beatty expressed that Wilmington city staffers have a vision for what the new park will look like, but they need the citizens to refine that vision.
According to the presentation, the park will host large community events, but won't be utilized for any large athletic facilities. It also listed that the park will provide small spaces for activities and a usable performance space for concerts.
Residents gave a variety of concepts they would like to see implemented in the park. Some stated they wanted the park to be peaceful and very family-oriented.
"It's important to get our input because if they build something that people don't want or don't need, no one's going to use it so since our tax dollars are going to build this thing, it should be good that we have some input for its function," explained Joe Block, a resident in attendance.
City staffers said that they will continue gathering input from the community regarding this project until the end of the year. They will then move from the current ‘engagement' phase of the project into the design phase.
More information about the project can be found at wilmingtonnc.gov/waterfrontpark.
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