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A view of the park during construction this summer. The Cape Fear Museum is located at 814 Market St. Photo Courtesy of the Cape Fear Museum.

After years of planning and months of construction, the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is set to open new a community park on Friday, September 25. The latest addition to the museum will welcome visitors with engaging hands-on exhibits, gardens featuring native and adaptive plants, and educational programs.

According to a news release from the museum, the new urban green space will be free and accessible to the community. Its interconnected park-like landscape and hands on exhibits will introduce visitors to some of the ways that people have influenced the region’s land and water resources through time and how these interactions have shaped the history of the Lower Cape Fear region.

In 2006, residents of Wilmington and New Hanover County passed a $35.5 million bond referendum to expand parks, green space, and cultural facilities throughout Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the beach towns. In 2008, the City of Wilmington sought community and citizen input on parks and recreation priorities, with citizens requesting further expansion and renovation of existing parks, green space and cultural facilities throughout Wilmington, New Hanover County and the beach towns. Planning for the museum’s park began in the fall of 2012 and local officials broke ground in March 2015.

“We are grateful to the county, city and taxpayers for the opportunity to create an innovative green space in downtown Wilmington. It will enhance the neighborhood as well as the visitor’s experience both inside and outside the museum,” Museum Director Sheryl Mays said.

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Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month.

Click here for more information on the new park, including featured activities for the inaugural weekend.