Tuesday, July 23, 2024

New skate park and walking trails planned for Surf City, land acquisition underway

Surf City's Parks and Recreation Department has announced the town is currently involved in land acquisition to build a skate park and walking trails on the mainland side of the town. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Surf City Parks and Recreation)
Surf City’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced that the town is currently involved in land acquisition to build a skatepark and walking trails on the mainland side of the town. Pictured is a skatepark that will be used as a model while designing the site plan. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Surf City Parks, Recreation, and Tourism)

SURF CITY — After receiving over 600 responses to a public survey, Surf City is currently in the process of land acquisition to build a new park that will include walking trails and a skatepark.

The park will be located on the mainland side of the town, according to a social media announcement made by the town’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department on Thursday afternoon.

The department partnered with Dr. Jim Herstine of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington to update the town’s ‘Open Space Master Plan.’ Herstine serves as the university’s program coordinator for recreation, sport leadership, and tourism management.

“This process took about 18 months to complete in order to get a thorough picture of the direction our community wants to move towards, regarding recreation and leisure activities/facilities,” according to the post. “After polling the community, we had 612 respondents to the survey. This response rate was higher than average for a needs assessment, so we congratulate our community for getting involved.”

The majority of the survey’s respondents indicated the need for land to build walking trails and a skatepark, according to the announcement. It said the town is currently in the process of land acquisition on the mainland side of the town and has contracted with Durham-based Stewart Architecture to complete the site plan for the new park, which will include open space, walking trails, a skatepark, and other amenities.

“We will use this site plan to apply for [Parks and Recreation Trust Fund] funding and other grants to complete the project,” the announcement stated.

The Facebook post also said the parks and recreation department had obtained four grants in the last year and is currently working on other walking trail projects.

“[B]ut these projects take time to work through as do most when you are seeking grant funding,” the post stated.

Details about where the land acquisition is taking place, how much funding is expected to be required, a rough timeline for the project, and other trail projects the department is currently planning are unclear. Town officials could not be reached in time for publication.

The project was recommended by the department and the Recreation Advisory Committee, which was approved by Mayor Doug Medlin and councilmembers, according to the post. The site plan has not yet been completed.

“We would like to thank the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism staff and Recreation Advisory Committee for taking the initiative to prepare and approve this recommendation, and then getting it to the mayor and council for approval,” the announcement read. “It is our goal to continue to provide our community with recreational activities and utilize this open space plan.”

The department encouraged residents to attend Recreation Advisory Meetings at the Surf City Community Center (201 Community Center Drive) on the third Tuesday over every month, starting at 3 p.m., to hear about the department’s activities.

“Stay tuned for public feedback meetings once the site plan has been completed,” according to the post. “We will post and announce dates once they are scheduled.”


 

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