City seeks input on new gym at Maides Park

Possible locations for new gym at Maides Park (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The community was encouraged to attend a drop-in style meeting Thursday night to check out where the new gym will be in Maides Park.

Right now there are plans for a new gymnasium and multipurpose room at the park between the community center and playground.

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The gym, along with another one at the MLK Center, are part of the parks bond approved by voters in 2016.

The city is applying for a $500,000 grant in addition to the money they were given for the project.

So far, city staff says the community has been supportive of the new gym.

“It’ll be a space for all kinds of activities,” project manager, Scott Spike said. “While it’ll have a basketball court inside of it, a basketball court is enough space to do all kinds of activities. Meetings and you can have a dance there. All kinds of things.”

A contract for the design of both gyms was approved by the Wilmington City Council in February.

Spike hopes the gym will be up and running by 2020.