Officials, supporters of Slocum Creek park celebrate partnerships

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 16:20 PM.

“I think that the town should be proud and this is one of the better examples of public/private planning,” Thayer added.

Long-range plans call for a footbridge across the creek linking access to the Tourist and Event Center, where exhibits managed by the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation detail the history of Marine Corps aviation and of Cherry Point. Other plans call for the historic Trader Store and the adjacent World War II-era train depot to be moved to the site.

“This all began 12 years ago when the Rotary had the vision to make access on Slocum Creek,” Sanders said.

Today, fishermen and recreational boaters use the CAMA-funded boat ramp to access the creek and the nearby Neuse River.

“Our long-range plan is for this to become the history center of Havelock,” Sanders said.

At or near the site are remains of an old grist mill and remains of a Civil War-era fort.

Sanders said that one of the big drivers was the move of the old Church Road bridge, which afforded better access to the area.



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