Open house to be held on Black River state park study

Open house to be held on Black River state park study

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - People interested in the possibility of a state park on the Black River can talk to members of the NC Division of Parks and Recreation Staff at an open house later this month.

The event will be held Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at the Rowan Fire Station on 18933 Hwy. 210 East in Ivanhoe. The state is seeking feedback on a feasibility study evaluating the suitability of a state park on the Black River in parts of Bladen, Pender and Sampson counties.

During the 2017 legislative session, the NC General Assembly directed the parks and recreation department to conduct a study and report results to the Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources by March 1.

The study will create a vision for what a state park, natural area, or trail could look like, including what amenities would be most important to nearby communities and other potential users. It will include an evaluation of the natural and cultural heritage significance of the area, whether it meets criteria to be part of the state park system, the suitability of the Black River for recreation, and a cost estimate for developing the park.

Open houses were held in September to gather public input on the study and about 200 residents attended the open houses.

The Black River is home to large cypress trees, some of which are more than 1,600 years old, and a popular paddling destination in an area currently underserved by the state parks system. The study area is roughly 2,600 acres and includes 45 miles of the Black River corridor.

For more information, call 919-807-7300 or click here.

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