Council To Discuss Oceanfront Park At 1710 Carolina Beach Avenue North

Council To Discuss Oceanfront Park At 1710 Carolina Beach Avenue North Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 19 August 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - In 2009 the Town of Carolina Beach purchased property at 1710 Carolina Beach Avenue North for $200,000.
The Carolina Beach Town Council will discuss creating a handicap accessible mini-park on that property at their August 25th, meeting at 6:PM at Town Hall.

According to Town Manager Michael Cramer, "Several years ago the Town purchased an oceanfront lot at 1710 Carolina Beach Avenue North with the intent to develop the property as a handicapped accessible mini-park. Facilities could include handicapped accessible parking, walkways, elevated decking, a gazebo, shower and bathroom facilities, and a possible future beach access. The Town has developed four possible schematic designs, all with estimated construction costs of approximately $50,000."

Cramer explained, "While there are many public access areas along the beach, few are handicapped accessible, and the park project would provide a new opportunity for beach enjoyment for the disabled. The location is ½ block south of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and one block from the Freeman Park entrance."

Cramer explained to the Council earlier this week in preparation materials for the upcoming meeting that funding and project assistance is available through the Home Depot community grant program and the Myrtle Grove “Team Depot” staff have expressed interest in assisting the Town in development of a grant application for the project."

He explained, "Team Depot staff would also help coordinate local volunteer labor and provide Home Depot associate volunteers. The grant cycle is open; applications may be submitted at any time. Proposed schedule involves Town and Home Depot
staff developing the application this fall and submitting to Home Depot corporate offices. The grant award
decision is anticipated in early 2016, with construction beginning spring 2016."

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