LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Leland has received a large grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The town received $500,000 to develop a nature park off Highway 17 behind the Westgate Development, which includes Walmart.
Almost 150 acres were donated by Westgate developer Nathan Sanders. The park will host the town's second playground and second picnic area. It will also have walking trails and an outdoor classroom.
"Westgate Nature Park will be the Town of Leland's first major park," parks and rec director Neil Brooks said. "We're really looking forward to it, because it provides a lot of different kinds of amenities that we just don't have in Leland right now. A large component of the is environmental education. This is gonna be the perfect site for that."
The town plans to begin the project by the end of the year. The park will be developed in several phases, with the first phase done within six months.