Officials, supporters of Slocum Creek park celebrate partnerships

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

“This is a perfect example of what we can do when we all work together,” Sanders said.

The group is also working with corporate sponsors on the project such as Duke Energy.

“It will enlarge the Havelock community and that will enhance the natural environment,” said Millie Chalk, a district manager for Duke Energy.

Robert Mattocks, of the Bate Foundation, said Harold Bate would have been proud to contribute to this project.

“Harold was a naturalist. He accumulated his wealth from the land in the timber industry,” Mattocks said. “Harold Bate would be very pleased to be involved in this.”

Lt. Col. Brian Blalock, executive officer at Cherry Point, called the project a “good news story.”

“This particular project here at Slocum Creek, which is a mere stone’s throw away from Cherry Point, the nation’s largest Marine Corps air station, will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for many Havelock residents and military families who can get out and enjoy this beautiful area,” Blalock said.

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