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Kure Beach Council Gets Final Update On New Oceanfront Park

Kure Beach is putting the finishing touches on their new downtown oceanfront park. A ceremony to officially open the park is set for April 26th from 11am to 10pm.

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KURE BEACH - The Kure Beach Town Council received good news last week at their March 19, regular meeting. Building inspector John Batson informed the Council the project is complete and final paper work was set to be signed later in the week.
It's been a long road from start to completion. The Town purchased the land - formerly home to the Rolling Surf Motel - in 2007 for $3.6 million dollars. The total cost for the land plus construction of the park is approximately $4.9 million dollars. The majority of that cost was paid for by various state and federal grants including funds approved by the County Board of Commissioners. The Town's out-of-pocket portion of of the project is $1.5 million paid by the Town's General Fund.
At the Council's March 19, meeting Building Inspector John Batson explained, "At the last meeting we had a fairly large check-off list for finishing the park. The only two things left... is a little bit of paint and also had an issue with some of the electrical fixtures that were placed on the boardwalk. Some issues with condensation and collecting water that have not been worked out yet. The electrician has proposed ordering some additional items that are not additional cost to the Town to fix these issues."
Batson said, "The Town Engineer is planning on being here Friday and I anticipate the punch list being finished at that point in time and the park is going to be pretty much complete."
He said a couple of sections of fence on the rear of the park still had to be installed.
Mayor Dean Lambeth questioned how the contractor would resolve an issue with cracks in the steps at the park.
Batson said, "The contractor cleaned the cracks out and installed an epoxy substance and the idea right now is to wait it out and see what happens. He has agreed to come back and fix any issues that may continue to arise."
He said, "That would be a major fix and a serious eyesore" and, "I have asked the engineer to have it in writing and we don't have it yet. We do have a one year warranty."
He said, "I checked the crack this afternoon and it has not grown anymore and is actually not bad looking compared to what it was."
Former Councilman Jim Dugan worked on the project even after his term was up on Council and said, "I'd like to offer my resignation. The park is completed except for the inspection Friday and I'll be more than happy to attend that, but as the liaison for Council I really don't see, unless you do, I don't see a need for the position anymore and it would just tickle me to death."
Mayor Lambeth said the children’s play area was "really dark" and he requested Batson look at a solution to make the area brighter for safety.
The Council voted to give the Mayor authority to sign the final paper work and poll council if there are any issues that need addressing. A letter will be required from the contractor guaranteeing the repairs to the steps.
The park site is located at 105 Atlantic Ave in the heart of the downtown area across the street from the ocean.
The project consists of an open-air pavilion for concerts and other events, public restrooms, small playground for tots, walking path, swings and benches. Also as part of the project, the boardwalk from K to L Avenue has been replaced and four wooden platforms extend from the boardwalk towards the dunes. The platforms have swings for viewing the ocean. A fifth platform is an ADA conforming viewing area.
A storm water infiltration system has been installed and Atlantic Avenue has been repaved.
The grand opening of the park is set for April 26th with a flag raising ceremony, ribbon cutting, and performance by Carolina Beach
Elementary School 3rd Grade Class and special thanks to grant partners who helped fund the project.
Educational talks and recreation demonstrations will begin at 12:30pm covering Shipwrecks, Civil War Anchor & History, Local Fishing, Ballet, Yoga and Zumba.
Live entertainment begins at 3PM including free shag and swing dance lessons.
For the kids there will be Pirate Magicians from No Sleeves Magic, Story Time, a Craft Table and Treasure Chest of Surprises.
There will also be informational tables covering Storm Water Dune Infiltration, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Watercolor Painting, Local Agencies, Town Committees and more.
There will also be demonstrations on Disc Golf, Sumo Wrestling,  Bouncy Obstacle Course and Jousting.
For more information call Town Hall at 910-458-8216 or visit