Are changes on the way for Freeman Park?

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Freeman Park in Carolina Beach on June 24, 2019. (Photo: Monique Robinson)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Some changes may be on the way for Freeman Park.

Carolina Beach Town Council is talking about some policy adjustments for the upcoming year. At a council workshop Tuesday, officials held their regular discussion about park passes.

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Town Manager Ed Parvin says they want to keep selling annual passes, but they are considering selling daily weekday passes at a discount. He says they have not discussed the sale of early bird annual passes yet, or when that may begin.

Parvin says they also discussed the idea of only allowing overnight camping during the off season, from October through March.

During the season, from April through September, council is considering making park hours 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Parvin says they talked about possibly changing the policy about alcohol sales at the park.

Right now, alcohol is allowed at Freeman Park. But they are considering aligning the alcohol policy with that of the rest of the municipal beach strand, which does not allow alcohol on the beach.

Mayor Joe Benson says their goal is to take measures to protect the park itself, while ensuring its continued use for visitors.

There will be two meetings to gather public input on November 13 and 19 at 6 p.m. No decisions on these proposed changes have been made yet.