WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - With the cutting of a ribbon, the City of Wilmington officially opened Inland Greens Park and Golf Course on Thursday morning.
In addition to the nine-hole, par 3 course, the park includes a three-quarter mile walking trail, bocce courts, and picnic shelter. A playground will be installed by the end of the summer.
"Some people don't have four hours to play a round of golf like they did years ago," said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. "So if you want to come out here and play a round and sharpen your short game, this is the place to come."
So far, the course located at 5945 Inland Greens Drive is getting rave reviews.
"I love the fact that we have a golf course in the community now," said Cameron Buyers of Wilmington. "We have to travel so far to play a nice golf course, and this is in our backyard and it's great."
The City of Wilmington purchased the Inland Greens property in March 2011 for $500,000 from the 2006 Parks and Greenspace Bond to provide a park in the 1995 annexation area.
The total cost of the improvements was $2.7 million, funded by the 2006 parks bond, City Capital Improvement Program, and stormwater funds.
"So many people have asked me over and over, 'When is this project going to be finished?'" said Saffo. "It's taken 10 years to finish, but when people come out here, I think they will be impressed with the work that the city has done."