Grand plans for Havelock's Slocum Creek recreational area

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

The walkway would also connect to the so called "city center" from the 2009 CAMA land use plan.

"If you are able to do all the amenities in this location, there’s a really good chance once you make that investment that this may one day become a reality," Chase said. "You literally could, here in Havelock, spend a day in the park."

Chase said having the Trader Store and the railroad depot, two historic features of Havelock, located on the property "would be pretty spectacular."

Commissioner Danny Walsh said he hoped that the city could get some assistance in moving the structures to the site from the Department of Transportation, which could seek to widen Miller Boulevard to allow for possible increases in traffic after the Havelock U.S. 70 bypass is built.

"Breaking this project into pieces over a span of time is the road we’re looking at going down," said city grants manager Diane Miller.

Chase said that when local history is added as a component to the project, many new avenues open with regard to funding.

The project cost is estimated at more than $600,000. There is no timetable for completion of the project.

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