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Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan to be presented tomorrow in Carolina Beach

According to a survey conducted by the Town of Carolina Beach, Lake Park is the most visited of the town's parks (Port City Daily photo/FILE)
According to a survey conducted by the Town of Carolina Beach, Lake Park is the most visited of the town’s parks (Port City Daily photo/FILE)

CAROLINA BEACH — With an ever-increasing population in the Cape Fear region, the Town of Carolina Beach, in an effort to help preserve and guide the future of parks in the town has created the 2017-2022 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. Town leaders will meet Tuesday morning for a workshop where the plan will be presented to the Town Council for initial review; the final plan will be considered during the October Town Council meeting.

The plan was created after several public input meetings were held, as well as individual interviews, a focus group, and a needs assessment survey, according to town documents.

According to the meeting agenda, “The purpose of the plan was to develop a Parks and Recreation Master Plan that created a clear set of objectives and provide direction for development and enhancement of the Town’s parks and recreation system for a short-term, mid-term, and long term range. Areas of focus include parks, trails, recreation programming, and amenities/facilities.”

The presentation includes a breakdown of the reasons why the town should update its parks master plan, as well as highlights answers from the needs assessment survey, which had a total of 543 responses.

According to the survey, the top attended programs included the farmers market, holiday programs and special events like the bike rodeo, summer camp, and beach cleanups. The top services people would like to see in the town include swimming lessons, kayaking and paddle boarding, hiking, cooking classes, and art classes.

Of the several recreational facilities offered by the town, Lake Park was the most visited location with 92 percent of the surveyed people attended.

Recommendations for the new plan include the continued renovation of current parks and facilities as well as acknowledging the benefits of acquiring new property if it becomes available. There is also a need for improving and constructing a, “Comprehensive, safe and functional non-vehicular sidewalk, pedestrian, walking and bicycle transportation network/system,” according to the presentation.

Other recommendations include the addition of more senior citizen programs, additional athletic fields, and the construction of a splash pad.

The workshop will be held in the Town Council Chambers at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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