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With input sessions ahead, public can weigh in on Leland’s Sturgeon Creek Park plans

The town of Leland has plans to add a new park onto its roster, which currently includes Cypress Cove Park (pictured), Westgate Nature Park, and its Municipal Park. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Town of Leland)
The town of Leland has plans to add a new park onto its roster, which currently includes Cypress Cove Park (pictured), Westgate Nature Park, and its Municipal Park. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Town of Leland)

LELAND — Residents of Leland will soon have the chance to voice their visions for a new planned park.

The town has planned Sturgeon Creek Park for years. Piece by piece, the town has worked to acquire 16 parcels connected to the south bank of Sturgeon Creek.

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Leland envisions a future park on roughly 78 acres that will straddle both sides of South Navassa Road. The town hopes Sturgeon Creek Park will become a destination spot for water lovers with a focus on accessibility to an N.C. Fish and Wildlife boat ramp, with the potential for environmental education, preservation, and nature-based activities, according to the town’s current budget.

A town press release states current plans for the park also include a disc golf course, walking trails, playground equipment, picnic areas, and a kayak and canoe launch site.

What do residents want?

The town’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting three public input sessions to find out, with the first planned Wednesday evening. Leland engaged with the engineering firm Withers Ravenel to help the town develop a master plan for the park in late May.

After the input sessions, Parks and Recreation staff are slated to present draft plans to Council on Oct. 17.

Public info sessions

Each session will be lead by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department staff members. Attendants can view artist renderings, ask questions, and share ideas, concerns, and suggestions at the meetings.

Three information sessions are planned:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 14, during Founder’s Day festivities, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, during Parks and Recreation Board meeting, beginning at 6 p.m.

If residents are unable to attend public information sessions, public comments can be sent via email to:


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