Council To Consider Plan For New Park Plan At Carolina Beach Lake

A nearly $4.7 million dollar plan for a new park at the Carolina Beach Lake will be proposed to the Carolina Beach Town Council during their June 9th, meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30pm at Town Hall. You can view the entire proposal online at www.carolinabeach.org A nearly $4.7 million dollar plan for a new park at the Carolina Beach Lake will be proposed to the Carolina Beach Town Council during their June 9th, meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30pm at Town Hall. You can view the entire proposal online at www.carolinabeach.org

Council To Consider Plan For New Park Plan At Carolina Beach Lake Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 03 June 2020 16:44

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - 
The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider a proposal to apply for grant funding for a nearly $4.7 million dollar project to improve recreational amenities at the Carolina Beach Lake on South Lake Park Blvd during their June 9th meeting which starts at 6:30pm.

According to Eric Jelinski - Director of Parks and Recreation - the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department and the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board have been working with the consulting firm Benesch, a park design firm, on a Master Plan for Lake Park. Jeff Ashbaugh, with Benesch, will be presenting the final draft of the Lake Park Master Plan.

Jelinski  explained, "Public participation in the development of this plan was essential. We held two public workshops and received a lot of feedback on the Lake Park Master Plan. Currently, we are working on the application for a matching LWCF grant for the playground portion of the design. The Lake Park Master Plan meets all the requirements for a successful LWCF Grant application. Adoption of this plan will help us continue the application process and build a flagship playground for Carolina Beach."

Some of the improvements presented in the proposal include a new playground with age appropriate play; additional amenities include picnic shelters, benches, shade trees, shade structure, and swings. Another amenity is a "spray-ground" or splash pad as a safer option for kids.

The proposal also calls for replacing the existing Stingray Amphitheater. A new stage will be covered & ADA accessible along with a larger concert lawn of 0.25 acres.

Also listed under priority improvements is a new Farmers Market Facility including:
• Twin Farmer’s Market Shelters with a connecting plaza
• Multi-purpose revenue generating facility
• Located near Lake Park Blvd. for more curb appeal.

Other improvements include replacing the existing restroom building, improving shoreline erosion by installing a bulkhead.

An overview of the proposal explains, "The Town of Carolina Beach is a growing contemporary beach town in the Wilmington metropolitan area with a very active outdoor recreation community. Year-round the Town provides residents and visitors of all ages access to a variety of park facilities. These facilities are important to the overall health, beautification, and quality of life for the community."

The proposal states, "Recognizing the value of a well-rounded park system the Town of Carolina Beach completed the 2017-2022 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. One of the outcomes of this comprehensive master planning effort was assessing, analyzing, and evaluating the present condition of existing park facilities and to establish an action plan for improving and upgrading each facility. Specifically, a key priority of the comprehensive master plan is to prepare a master site plan for updating facilities at Lake Park. After years of use, partial dredging of the lake, and changing building codes the park needs updating. Likewise, changes in the public’s use of parks and recreation facilities have resulted in demand for a wider variety of play and special events experiences. Recognizing this need and following the recommendation of the comprehensive master plan the Town initiated a site-specific master planning process to enhance Lake Park. This master plan report provides a plan to re-develop Lake Park. It starts with an assessment of existing park conditions, provides a summary of the public input used to develop park improvements, and describes how Lake Park will be renovated to meet the current recreation needs in the community."

Regarding facility development, specific recommendation to Carolina Beach (Lake) Park included:
• Construction of a Sprayground and construction of a rain garden in the grassy swale area
• Construction of roofs over the existing benches
• Beautification of the park entrance at Fourth Street and Claredon Avenue
• Install several decorative aeration fountains in the lake
• Construction of a playground
• Shoreline restoration and stabilization to control erosion
• Installation of fitness equipment along the sidewalk
• Repair and replacement of existing bridges
• Install landscape screening along Lake Boulevard
• Construction of a small outdoor performance area
• Construct additional parking
• Provide bike friendly routes between Lake Park and the Town of Kure Beach
• Construct a path for bikes and pedestrians from Lake Park to the Carolina Sands neighborhood

Key comments and recommendations from interviews included:
• Update the facilities at Lake Park

The most consistent themes arising from the entire needs assessment process included:
• Need to provide additional amenities at Carolina Beach Park
• Need to provide a splash pad
• Need to provide an enhanced Lake Park

To learn more about the proposal, visit www.carolinabeach.org


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