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New Hanover Co. Commissioners considering adding green space to park for $3.8M


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Commissioners are considering adding some more green space to a New Hanover County park.

Commissioners are looking at purchasing 85 acres that border Smith Creek Park off of Gordon Road. The price for the land is nearly $4 million and would be funded by a 2006 green space bond referendum.

“It's going to be a great asset to our community once it's all said and done,” said Jonathan Barfield, the New Hanover County Commission Chair. “I got one call today from one of our area residents thanking me and thanking the board of commissioners for even attempting to go down that road and recognizing it's going to be a great park in the area.”

If approved, planned amenities include a trail system with learning center, exhibits and amphitheater.

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Wait didn't these same clowns just shut down Wastec because "they didn't have any money" to fix it....which will cause us to use up the entire landfill sooner than expected. Oh wait, maybe the plan is to develop these parks into landfills!! Clowns running our County!


Can anyone tell me what is going on with the thinking behind spending on anything they can dream up,several months ago they wanted to spend over a hundred thousand on a acre to add to park in Castle Hayne low land that was not worth $10 thousand dollars.They never express how they are going to get the money for future up keep and expenses,that only means that taxes will have to increase.We need that money spent on other things that will benefit more tax payers in the county instead of just a few in one area.They need to get back to solving the other problems they created,CFPUA WASTEC and funding for schools roads and cleaning plugged up ditches in the county,I am sure other people could better use of tax money than creating a future tax burden.Why would they use bond money now,that is going to cause a tax increase.

Exactly how many parks do we

Exactly how many parks do we need to develop when we're cutting social and educational services? Priorities people!

Dig a little deeper into this...

and you may find more to this story. Focus on who owned the property before Swain bought it, how much did Swain pay, and whether the R3 company is getting the forfeited bond money back at taxpayer expense being the difference between what Swain paid and what the taxpayers are paying.

Read the other post

on this topic. Unless the purchase closed today; Swain does not own the property. They have a contract to purchase it. Also, R3 does not own it; The Legacy Group of NC, which is headed by Robin, owns the property.

Hey! Was that call from the guy who owns it now?

Exactly how many parks do we need in the Gordon Road/Ogden area?

nice to hear that something is on the table besides urban growth

Thank you commissioners!