Sunday, December 3, 2023

Freeman Park zones set to close this spring due to dredging

Freeman Park Map
Map of Freeman Park courtesy of the Town of Carolina Beach.

CAROLINA BEACH — A portion of Freeman Park will close this spring due to dredging.

According to the Town of Carolina Beach, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging in the Intracoastal Waterway and Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing areas beginning the first week of April and will continue through May 1.

During the project, the beach area and campsites at Freeman Park north of Zone 10 will be closed beginning April 1.

The dredging contractor will start placing dredge pipe from the crossing on Freeman Park, south to Zone 10, and due to the small travel lane between Zone 10 and Zone 19, there will be no room for additional vehicular traffic, according to the town notice.

Dredging will take place for a couple weeks, and the dredge spoils will be placed south of Zone 10, toward the pier. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not allow sand to be placed between Zones 10-19 at the pinch point, due to the close proximity of the inlet.

During the project, the dredging contractor will close other portions of Freeman Park where the spoils are being deposited for public safety. The park will re-open when the project is complete and the equipment is removed from the area.

Freeman Park is located at 1800 Canal Drive in Carolina Beach. For more information about Freeman Park, including how to purchase access passes and camping permits, visit the town’s website.

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