Grand plans for Havelock's Slocum Creek recreational area

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 04:08 PM.

A 50-space parking lot would be constructed on the site, which would also include picnic tables, shelters, water fountains and bike racks.

Multi-use paths connecting the park to other areas in the city would be constructed. The area would be lighted and landscaped and include signs noting historic, ecological and natural facts about the area.

One of the properties the city is seeking to get has Civil War history, and Chase proposed it become part of the national Civil War Trails program, with connection to the statewide North Carolina Greenways paths.

There are already existing walkways along the north side of the creek that were installed as part of a project by the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club.

Chase said the plan calls for those existing walkways to be connected to a new elevated walkway over Slocum Creek.

"That could be anywhere from 150 feet to 200 feet depending on location," he said. "It may only be 50 feet if you find the right spot on the creek to make the connection, and if you do that, it’s going to be cheaper because you are looking at about $1,200 a linear foot for an elevated bridge because of the pilings, etc."

The walkways could be connected by a walkway underneath the U.S. 70 bridges that would add ease of access to the park to residents of the north half of the city.

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