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Dram Tree Park reopens

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Downtown Wilmington residents near the intersection of Castle and Surry Streets finally have peace and quiet.

The City of Wilmington and Progress Energy cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Dram Tree Park today. The city teamed up with the power company to restore the surrounding area, which was the site of the former Wilmington Manufactured Gas plant.

The park includes a new boat ramp, floating dock, kayak launch and parking lot.

"(It's) tremendously exciting to get the area cleaned up," Progress Energy Regional VP Bob McCall said. "Progress Energy are tremendous environmental stewards. This has been a site that's existed with the aftermath from 1850s, and we're excited to get it all cleaned up. Get it all cleaned up and turn it over to the community so they can now start enjoying it."

The city spent more than $600,000 on the project. It also received some financial assistance for the park from the state Wildlife Resources Commission.

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