Officials, supporters of Slocum Creek park celebrate partnerships

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Jim Muse, right, and Craven County Commissioner Theron McCabe walk a path that will soon be part of the Slocum Creek park project Tuesday in Havelock. State and local officials, and corporate partners celebrated the park at an event on Tuesday afternoon.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 16:20 PM.

One official after the other from the public and private sector had glowing words of support at a dedication of the Historic Slocum Creek Recreation Area Tuesday evening in Havelock.

Held under the Rotary Club gazebo outside the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, the event brought together all of the players in a multi-facet, multi-phase project to convert a winding stretch of Slocum Creek into a center for history, preservation, recreation and education.

“This is all about partnerships,” Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders said. “This has been a dream and a desire for some of us for a long time; however it wasn’t until 2012 that actions replaced desires.”

Sanders pointed out that a Coastal Area Management Act grant, the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and the Harold H. Bate Foundation joined with the city to get money to purchase property along the creek off Church Road.

The heart of the project is 2.5 acres that sit on a bluff overlooking 285 feet of frontage on Slocum Creek. Funding for the purchase of the property included $133,000 from the Coastal Area Management Act, $25,000 from the N.C. Attorney General Environmental Division and $20,000 from the Bate Foundation through the Coastal Land Trust and $7,000 from the city.

John Thayer Jr., manager of planning and public access for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, said a grant application to CAMA for picnic tables, permanent grills, two kayak launches, benches, trash receptacles, gravel driveway and signage is likely to be approved.  That would be an $81,000 grant in which the city would be required to spend $20,300.

“It is in the running and it is being looked on very favorably,” Thayer said.



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