Wilmington to host meetings on $30M park bond plan

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The future site of the North Waterfront Park. (Photo: Madison Morgan/Reporter)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When voters in Wilmington go to the polls this fall, they’ll decide whether the city should spend more money on parks. Ahead of that vote, the city is holding a series of meetings to explain what the money will go toward.

There will be three information sessions about the 2016 Parks Bond referendum that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot next week. All the meetings will be informal drop-ins from 5-6:30 p.m. at the following locations:

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Tuesday: Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th Street
Wednesday: Maides Park, 101 Manly Avenue
Thursday: MLK Center, 401 S. 8th Street

The city says there are 15 projects proposed in the $30.4 million bond, including development of the northern waterfront park with a large concert venue, new gymnasiums/multipurpose rooms at the MLK Community Center and the Derick Davis Community Center at Maides Park, soccer/multipurpose fields, enhancements to Olsen Park and safety improvements.

The $30.4 million bond would be supplemented with other planned construction funds to implement $38 million in improvements, the city says.

Click here to get more information about the parks bond, including project descriptions, short videos, voting information and more.