WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the next few years there will be more to do in the Port City. The final designs for the North Waterfront Park were revealed Monday giving city leaders and the community a better idea of what is coming to that area of Downtown Wilmington.
The Wilmington City Council got the first look at the final designs for the park Monday morning. Monday evening, the community got the chance to check them out out at a drop-in style meeting.
While the majority of people are excited about the designs, some still have concerns.
“We’ve been excited for this project to happen for a long time,” Slice of Life Owner, Ray Worrell said. “It’ll definitely bring more families downtown. You know, for many years we’ve said that we’ve needed a greenspace and this is an extraordinary greenspace.”
The park is designed to emphasize the Cape Fear River.
“The amphitheater takes advantage of it,” designer, Mary Margaret Jones said. “The great lawn takes advantage of it. And then the coastal wetlands, gardens take advantage of it. So it’s a major public asset to have such a site as this in the city and also on the river.”
“So it’s not just a concert hall. You know, it looks like there’s a place where people can come down and do yoga. There’s again the splash pad for the kids,” Worrell said.
One major concern for some is the noise the amphitheater may bring.
“My real concern is that this venue is going to be so loud that it’s going to deter people from moving to the North Fourth neighborhood,” concerned resident, Tilghman Herring said.
However, city officials say they have taken that into account with the final design. They also add that the amphitheater will only hold 20 performances a year.
“We have a curfew just like we have a curfew at the amphitheater at Greenfield Lake,” Community Services Director, Amy Beatty said. “So we have taken that into consideration.”
City staff says the park includes everything the public asked for in the surveys they provided.
The design is expected to be finished by the summer with construction starting later this year. They hope the North Waterfront Park will be up and running by 2020.