County changes name of Hugh MacRae Park


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington will get a new name. This comes after the New Hanover County Commissioners voted to change the name of the popular park Monday.

The new name is Long Leaf Park.

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Commissioner Jonathan Barfield proposed the name change and it passed 3-2.

Commissioner Woody White and Vice-Chair Pat Kusek didn’t support the name change, believing more time and discussion was needed.

The park is named after Hugh MacRae who played a significant part in the 1898 Massacre.

Commissioners didn’t specify when the name change will take effect.