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Pared-down park plans outlined in Sunset Beach

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

SUNSET BEACH—The cost for proposed amenities for the future town park just came down.

Residents got a chance to view a pared-down proposal for the future Sunset Beach Town Park at a public-input meeting Oct. 11.

Greg Lambert, landscape architect for environmental consulting engineering firm Withers & Ravenel, presented combined concepts and detailed “general parking” toward the front of the park at Sunset Boulevard that would consist of permeable paving. Restrooms would be at the front of the 8-foot-wide winding trail or loop of pervious concrete encircling the 5.2 waterfront acreage next to Twin Lakes Restaurant. Five-foot-wide walking trails would connect to different spaces within the park and direct traffic away from the roots of historic oak trees on the site, Lambert said.

He also cited strategic places on the site where people can view the water at different locations throughout the park. Other amenities could include swings, benches, an open-air pavilion and observation platform and ADA-accessible fishing options.

Lambert also cited “beach look” restrooms for the park, kiosk and picnic-table options and trash receptacles, bike racks and car stops made of recycled materials.

He cited preliminary costs for program items, including $125,000 for a restroom building; $65,000 for a pavilion; $22,000 for an ADA observation platform; $78,000 for a permeable parking lot; $80,000 for 8-foot pervious trails; $32,000 for 5-foot pervious trails; $60,000 for a boardwalk; $5,810 for two 8-by-8 picnic table shelters; $4,800 for four picnic tables; $8,500 for 10 park benches; $4,900 for six 32-gallon trash cans; $3,000 for three bike racks; $8,000 for two kiosks and $75,000 for landscape material.

That totals $572,010 if all of these things were done. Lambert said grant money from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) could pay half of those costs.

Residents questioned whether 52 parking spaces outlined for the site by Lambert would be needed. He also said there could be “clean-up days” at the site.

Lambert also said no lighting is proposed for the park at this time and no trees are coming down. However, he touched on the possibilities of solar lighting and consulting an arborist about diseased trees that might need to come down in the future.

By council’s next monthly meeting Nov. 5, he said they’re hoping for final directions so council can give its approval at its December meeting.

Residents had additional questions about whether sod is needed at the heavily oyster-shelled portions of the park and the permanency of the restrooms in high winds.

Resident Bill Satterfield said after the meeting he was happy with the scaled-down costs.

 

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.