Friday, April 12, 2024

After years of planning, Surf City park complex to break ground

With $1 million in grant funding secured from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and Land and Water Conservation Fund, construction begins on phase one after the April 5 groundbreaking

SURF CITY — Roughly 45 acres of space next to the Surf City Community Center in Pender County is slated to become the beach town’s newest park.

With $1 million in grant funding secured from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and Land and Water Conservation Fund, construction begins on phase one of the Earl G. & Inez Batts Recreation Complex. The groundbreaking takes place April 5, 9 a.m., at 380 J. H. Batts Road.

The town paid half-a-million dollars for land acquired from the Batts family in 2020.

Mayor Teresa Batts — who is lifelong friends with the Batts family and according to previous PCD reporting “is in no manner associated with this transaction and received no financial benefit” — said the park is part of the town’s master plan.

“This Recreation Complex symbolizes another place where our Surf City community can come together,” she said in a press release. “We appreciate the leadership from our Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Skatepark Design Team, and all the other input and direction provided by our residents and staff.” 

Artisan Skateparks is constructing the skatepark, followed by playground, restroom and shelter facilities. By early fall, the sand volleyball court will be installed. Phase one is expected to be completed by late fall this year.

Preceding the groundbreaking, refreshments will be available at the Surf City Community Center, 201 Community Center Drive. Parking will be located in the gravel lots directly off of Community Center Drive. A shuttle service will be provided for those that need assistance.


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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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