WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Greenfield Lake is man made and was bought by the city in the 1920’s and subsequently turned into a park.
The water was initially part of several creeks at a rice plantation developed by Dr. Samuel Green. Green made them into a millpond to run a mill. Today the lake is about four or five feet deep throughout.
There were a range of amenities at the park, which was segregated after the city bought it, including beaches and a kiddie zoo.
The original road around the lake was built in the 1930’s as a relief program, and was called Community Drive.
Today the 250 acre park includes tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, and hiking trails. There is a skate park and paddle boats and canoes are available in the warmer months.