Kayak launches coming to Slocum Creek in early 2015

Kayakers paddle on Slocum Creek recently in Havelock.

Kayakers paddle on Slocum Creek recently in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 09:51 AM.

Havelock residents can expect to see work begin as early as January on construction of kayak launches for the new Historic Slocum Creek Park in Havelock.

“We’re preparing to move ahead with the kayak launch,” said Katrina Marshall, planning director for the city.

The kayak launches are part of Phase II of the multi-year project that is located in the heart of the city.

Marshall is spearheading creation of the park, which has been in the planning stages for the last two years.

The city purchased a 2.5-acre plot on a bluff overlooking a bend in the winding creek in 2013. It cost the city $7,000 out of the total of $185,000 purchase price to buy the land, shared by N.C. Coastal Area Management Act, the Bate Foundation and the N.C. Coastal Land Trust.  The land will act as the centerpiece for the park, where two kayak launches will be constructed beginning in early 2015.

Also to be built at the site initially during Phase II are picnic tables, grills, interpretive signage and a modest walkway leading from the bluff down to the kayak launches.

The work is paid for by a $81,000 N.C. Division of Coastal Management grant. Havelock’s portion of the grant was a $15,100 cash contribution plus a $5,300 in-kind contribution.

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