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Temporary Closing of Freeman Park April 7th to 16th To Install Hatteras Ramp

CAROLINA BEACH, NC - The Town of Carolina Beach will begin construction of a wooden “Hatteras” ramp at the entrance of Freeman Park, which is located on the Northern end of Canal Drive. Freeman Park will be closed to vehicle traffic from April 7th through April 16th. This ramp will begin at the end of the existing pavement and extend north 320' feet along the narrow entryway between the dunes where most of the vehicle congestion problems occur. The ramp will provide a solid driving surface for those vehicles in the narrow access/egress area of the Park and should alleviate traffic backups during peak times.

Ben Hooks of Lumina Builders, Inc. - the company contracted to build the ramp - told Town officials earlier this month if weather cooperates they can complete the work before the busy Easter break. If work can't be completed they could return after Easter break to finish up.

Freeman Park is historically extremely busy during the Easter holiday weekend if the weather is warm and sunny.

(Photo from file: 2009: Freeman Park) Vehicle stuck in soft sand at Freeman Park. The Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously at their January 14th, 2014 meeting to move forward with funding a plan to install a Hatteras Ramp at the entrance to Freeman Park on the North End of Pleasure Island.

The Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously at their January 14th, meeting to move forward with funding a plan to install a Hatteras Ramp at the entrance to Freeman Park on the North End of Pleasure Island.
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction. They have authority to manage the area as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago. There is a fee charged for vehicle access to drive on the beachfront within the park. The Town, by it's own admission, doesn't charge people to walk into the park. They can only charge for four-wheel drive vehicle access. The entrance to Freeman Park is narrow with two lanes of traffic for vehicles entering and leaving the beach. During periods of dry weather the sand becomes soft
and can lead to vehicles becoming stuck in those lanes causing long lines of traffic to backup within the park and on Canal Drive until a tow truck can arrive to pull a vehicle free. 
Installing a wooden Hatteras ramp within that narrow corridor would allow vehicles to move more freely and avoid timely traffic backups.

Drawing of were the wooden Hatteras ramp will be constructed at the narrow entrance to Freeman Park.