UPDATE: City Council approves resolution restricting where alcohol can be sold at Riverfront Park

UPDATE: City Council approves resolution restricting where alcohol can be sold at Riverfront Park
A resolution restricting where alcohol can be sold and served at Riverfront Park was approved at Tuesday night’s Wilmington City Council meeting. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A resolution that would restrict where alcohol can be sold and served at Riverfront Park was approved at Tuesday night’s Wilmington City Council meeting.

City staff and Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. recommended that alcohol sales and service be limited to the following areas of the park:

  • The Great Lawn and Lower Seating Area
  • The Stage
  • All areas of the Stage House

Staff also recommended alcohol sales and service be prohibited in all other areas of the park, specifically:

  • The Urban Gardens
  • The Children’s Play Area
  • The West Gardens
  • Riverwalk Connections

“Prohibiting alcohol sales and service in these areas of the park will contribute to a family-friendly and peaceful atmosphere and, as these areas will remain open to the public during concerts, mitigate the potential for large, unregulated crowds consuming alcohol brought into the park,” city staff said in material prepared for council members.

Naming rights for sports complex: Approved

The naming of the city’s sports complex located on Sutton Steam Plant Road was approved. It will be known as the nCino Sports Park.

Council members unanimously approved the resolution to allow the city manager to enter an agreement with nCino, Inc. for title sponsorship of the complex.

The facility will be known as nCino Sports Park for a 17-year period.

nCino will pay Wilmington $1.25 million in 10 annual payments of $125,000. The company will also pay up to $50,000 toward the cost of signage. The remaining costs of the signage would be paid by the city.

“This partnership goes far beyond an enhanced sports complex for Wilmington’s youth, it’s about investing in structured activities that have a positive impact in the lives of young people,” said Mayor Bill Saffo. “As one of Wilmington’s most recognizable brands and a homegrown industry leader, we are excited to partner with nCino on this project and look forward to breaking ground in the coming months.”

WAVE redesign delay: Approved

The consent agenda also included a resolution in support of “the concerns and issues raised in the motion made by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners at the joint City Council/Board of Commissioners meeting held on April 27” about the WAVE public transportation system redesign.

The city recommended to the WAVE Board that it would be best to delay the implementation of the new system redesign until at least July 1, 2022.

“The City further agrees and recommends that the new process to be undertaken by WAVE’s new executive director Marie Parker and the WAVE Board, in order to be comprehensive, should include a complete reexamination of WAVE’s route structure in order to ensure that the system meets the needs of its current riders, that it plans for the needs of future riders and future improvements and cost benefits, and that it continue to examine the value-added service of micro-transit/on-demand,” according to material prepared by city staff.

Aquatic facilities agreement: Approved

A resolution to enter a three-year agreement with the YMCA of Wilmington to manage two of the city’s aquatic facilities was also on the consent agenda.

The city first entered into a pool management agreement with the YMCA in 2016.

The YMCA proposed a three-year agreement with a three-year option to extend its management of the Robert Shipp Pool at Legion Stadium and the William E. Murphy Pool at Robert Strange Park.

As part of the attached agreement, the YMCA offers two free Learn to Swim classes annually at each pool. Participants of the Learn to Swim programs are subsequently offered free swim lessons to advance their comfort in the water.

The YMCA proposed to opt out of the management of the Earl Jackson Pool at Northside in order to support a one-year community outreach pilot project led by NSEA Swim, a local nonprofit.

NSEA Swim, or Northside Elite Aquatics, is a year-round competitive swim team offering high quality professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.

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