City, county announce agreement to purchase portion of Echo Farms for green space

New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington announced details Wednesday of the plan to buy a portion of Echo Farms along Carolina Beach Road.
New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington announced details Wednesday of the plan to buy a portion of Echo Farms along Carolina Beach Road.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington announced details Wednesday of their plan to jointly purchase a portion of Echo Farms along Carolina Beach Road.

The city and county will split the $1.7 million purchase price of 14 acres of land in Echo Farms for a public park

According to a release from the City of Wilmington:

  • New Hanover County will assume responsibility for all operations and maintenance of the park.
  • New Hanover County will pay 60 percent of the cost for the development and construction of the first three phases of the park, with the city paying 40 percent. The county will fully fund the final two phases.
  • By June 2020, the first three phases are expected to be complete (repairs to tennis courts and pool; construction of a new tennis and pool building with restrooms and changing areas; a walking trail)
  • The final two phases will start no later than June 2023 and will include five new tennis courts and a playground.

Neighbors near the property have worked together since late 2016 to prevent development of the area.

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