Havelock moves forward with grant bid for Slocum park

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 08:04 PM.

Havelock commissioners decided Monday to apply for a grant and to develop a site plan for the city’s Slocum Creek waterfront park project.

If approved by the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, the $81,000 grant would fund purchase of large and small kayak ramps, picnic tables, outdoor grills, walkways, trash cans, signs and a gravel driveway accessing the new 2.5-acre site on the east banks of Slocum Creek just west of the new Slocum Creek bridge.

The city would have to come up with a $15,100 local cash contribution, plus a $5,200 in-kind contribution as part of the grant.

Brenda Wilson, a city commissioner candidate, was the only person to speak during a public hearing on the grant application. A member of the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club, she said the club had already started efforts to use the creek by helping with a boat ramp and construction of a gazebo on the west side of the creek.

“This is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “All I can say is please make it happen.”

Board member George Liner was absent, but the other four commissioners voted to go forward with the grant application.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” Commissioner Jim Stuart said.

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