Community members give their take on Battle Park development

Community members give their take on Battle Park development

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County asked for the public’s opinion Tuesday on a park that has been in the talking stage for more than a decade.

Apporiximately $500,000 was allocated for the park in a $36 million bond referendum in 2006, but the park has gone nearly untouched since then.

Battle Park is a 42 acre parcel located off of Carolina Beach Road south of Manassas Drive, right on the outskirts of the neighborhood.

Community members were able to give their opinions on what they would like to see in the park, which the county is describing as a “Passive Park.” Passive recreation parks typically focus on activities like wildlife observation, biking and walking.

“Having a comprehensive park system is very important for us, so kind of balancing active and passive opportunities for folks," said Tara Duckworth, director of parks and gardens. "We’ve put a lot of assets into our active parks and trying to get our athletic fields up and now is our opportunity to do more with some open space so we’re taking that opportunity here at Battle as well as other locations throughout the county.”

This would be up to par with what neighbors say they want in the the park; adding a walking trail was the overwhelming favorite feature.

“I think that there are a lot of playgrounds and a lot of things that families can do together but there’s not a lot of area that is available for people to go on a walk and to be able to truly see nature,"said Gayle Tabor, a resident of the Battle Park neighborhood. "There are Venus flytraps back there, there are wetlands back there that make it a wonderful area for learning about the environment of where we live and what the nature looks like in our area.”

Over the years, residents have protested the county not doing anything with the land, and now it seems they’ll be getting everything they want.

Duckworth said the next step is to bring in the design team to bring the concepts to life. The design phase should take about ten months and then the conversation on budgeting will begin.

People can submit input through an online survey that is available until Feb. 14.

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