Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Community feedback welcome on Wilmington Downtown Trail

Phase one of the Wilmington Downtown Trail is under design, but community feedback is wanted for phases two and three. (Courtesy WMPO)

WILMINGTON — A multi-use path connecting neighborhoods to downtown Wilmington is moving into the next phases of its feasibility and stakeholders are asked to weigh in on how to move forward.

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The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) and NC Department of Transportation’s Integrated Mobility Division are conducting a study to determine the routes for phases two and three of the Wilmington Downtown Trail. the trail will connect downtown to neighborhoods, parks, schools and shopping destinations.

Phase one of the trail is already funded for $680,000 and is undergoing design currently. It will connect from 3rd Street to the Love Grove Bridge, with the first 0.5 miles running along the former Atlantic Coast Railway and the future site of the Wilmington Rail Trail.

Phases two and three have been suggested to run parallel to Burnt Mill Creek from Archie Blue Park in the Love Grove area to Market Street and then to Forest Hills Drive near Forest Hills Elementary School.

WMPO staff and partners are hosting two outreach events on the trail, to present the project, take questions and gather citizen input. 

  • Tuesday Dec. 5: Nir Family YMCA at 2710 Market Street, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday Dec. 9: Frankies Outdoor Market, 1019 Princess Street, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Feedback will be included in the community’s trail preferences and priorities.

Anyone who cannot attend in person can fill out a brief survey here. Included is a public input map for surveyors to add notes and comments to as necessary.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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