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Leland gets grant for new park


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.

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Leland Park

This is good news for Leland and its residents, but one has to ask the obvious question: What is the source of the money in the NC Trust Fund?

Not the first major park

I live off Village Road and I resent the statement about the first major park.It just isn't so. It may be a different kind of park but it is not the first major park. The one at the Town Hall Complex is. Think about it..... until it was done we had nothing in the town limits. I love that park. I walk it everyday and it is close to my house.Why don't you put more things there for a splash center, circuit course, etc. Better yet why don't you do more at the site at Appleton? Couldn't you use that as an environmental education center as well. Why can't both sides have similar things?

lowes or home depo

we need a lowes or home depo