BELVILLE, NC, (WWAY) — The Town of Belville has been awarded a public access grant worth $191,500 through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management for its project to improve Brunswick Riverwalk Park.
The town was informed through a letter from Governor Roy Cooper that it will receive the funds so it can provide better public access to the state’s beautiful coastal waterways.
The funded project, titled “The Brunswick Riverwalk Park Water Public Access Project,” will create a space where people can enjoy the Brunswick River and surrounding natural environment. The project will anchor a blueway/paddle trail system along the Brunswick River and the Cape Fear River.
The project will build a new, non-motorized boat launch and replace the existing motorized boat ramp dock that was damaged in Hurricanes Florence and Isaias. The launch and ramp will allow people with more active boating interests to explore the waterway system with motorized and paddle-powered boats, including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and row boats.
The project will boost waterway access during several park events hosted by Belville, including the Founders Day event, the Owl Howl, the Feast of the Pirates, Bikes Brews & BBQ, and the Christmas Tree Lighting.
“The Water Public Access Project is just the latest example of how Belville is working to provide better services for our citizens, Brunswick County residents, and the people of the Cape Fear Region,” said Mayor Mike Allen. “The improvements will significantly improve the public’s ability to enjoy everything that the Brunswick River has the offer.”
“We can accomplish great things when we work as a team,” said Town Manager Athina Williams. “We want to thank everyone involved with the application and approval of the grant, including: Governor Cooper; the Division of Coastal Management; Adrienne Harrington, the town’s grant writer; Mayor Allen and our Commissioners; the Belville Planning and Parks & Recreation Boards; the Town staff; and our Engineering Consultant Jeff Cappadona for their outstanding work in support of this project.”
“We are thrilled to hear this news,” said Adrienne Harrington, Founder/Owner of SmartMoves Consulting, “as this project will significantly enhance the blueway trail system in our region by creating water access for both non-motorized and motorized users.”