WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington is moving forward with a parks project that would renovate the old Inland Greens Golf Course. A public meeting starts at 6 p.m. to discuss plans for the property.
Inland Greens has seen better days. Soon the fairways and greens will get a facelift from the City of Wilmington.
The city bought the 31 acres back in March for about $500,000. With another $800,000 the city will transform Inland Greens from 18 holes to a nine-hole. Walking trails and park space would be added as well.
"When we seek input from the public on what types of recreation activities and facilities they would like to see, walking trails is always the number one answer. With this project we are going to be able to deliver on that," Wilmington Parks and Recreation Supervisor Amy Beatty said.
Many residents, though, have questioned the timing on this project considering how much the city has spent and will spend on it. The city says it's just doing what the voters had approved.
"The last parks and green space bond that was bought to the public in 2006 received overwhelming support from the public, and that tells us that recreation and park amenities are important to people who live in Wilmington and New Hanover County," Beatty said.
At Monday night's meeting the city and representatives from the design firm will present conceptual designs of the upgrades and will also take comments from the public.
"We're excited about the golf course," Inland Greens/Cedar Ridge HOA President Dick Gurley said. "It wasn't in good condition before, and I'm sure the city will make it a nice course and park."
With the course and future park sitting in the backyard of many Inland Green residents, though, the public park has drawn criticism. Some say the new facility will only benefit the Inland Greens community. Residents disagree.
"I understand the walking trail will connect to all the other trails," Gurley said. "The city course is used by everyone and this course will be, too."
If you're interested in attending tonight's public meeting, it starts at 6 p.m. at the Inland Greens Club House.