What's ahead in Havelock for 2014

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 05:11 PM.

The pipe relocation is the first part of a three-phase project that calls for sewer capacity to be increased to 3.5 million gallons, which engineers project will satisfy the city’s sewer needs through  2030. The other two phases of the project have not started.

A place of center

Havelock could see substantive progress in 2014 on the Slocum Creek Waterfront Park.

Last year, the city made significant land purchases on the banks of Slocum Creek and announced a plan to develop a public water-access park. This year, the first phase of the development is expected to commence.

The city received word last week that it had been approved to receive a N.C. Division of Coastal Management grant of $60,700, with a $15,100 contribution from the city and $5,200 in the form of city employee time for the first phase. That project includes construction of a large kayak launch, a small kayak launch, picnic tables, park benches, trash receptacles, permanent cooking grills, a gravel driveway and signs.

It has yet to be determined exactly what route trails leading from the gravel parking lot to the water’s edge will take.

“We want to do them with minimal disturbance and working as best we can with the natural area,” said Katrina Marshall, city planner.

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