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Wade Park opens

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Wilmington is a little greener tonight. Mayor Bill Saffo and other elected officials cut the ribbon at Wade Park Thursday. The City of Wilmington acquired the 17 acres of land at 3500 Bethel Road from New Hanover County in 2005. Since that time, it's been transformed in to a stormwater wetland. The water that runs through the area is removed of pollution before it goes back in to Hewlett's Creek. Wilmington City Councilman Ron Sparks said, “This is great. We've got a combination of storm water cleansing; this is a way to stop pollution and also a way to have recreation.” Margaret Haynes, a new member of the city council, stated, “The county owns the land, they've leased it to the city. It manages storm water and yet it provides recreational facilities for so many people" Wade Park is named after former Wilmington Mayor James E.L. Wade. It's also part of the city's cross city trail project, which connects the city to the beach with a biking and walking path.

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Where is this park?

Where is this park?

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3500 Bethel Road

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Wade Park

I found a map and a really nice write up on the city's website: http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/Departments/PublicServices/Parks/CityParks/W... It is a very nice park!

no parking

Good luck getting to this park. There is no parking lot or parking spaces. your only choice is to park on the side of the road in front of one of the 3 houses surrounding the park. Of course, these areas all have "No Parking" signs all around them... Called Parks and Recreation and they said to drive down the street some and park; but you are still parking in front of someone's house. Not convenient at all. However, the sign and what I could see of the bridge was very pretty.