What's ahead in Havelock for 2014

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

Lewis said the grant allows the city to get started on the project this year.

“What we are trying to do is make it useful,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing that this grant is going to help us do earlier than we would have been able to do with our own money. Right now you can go out there and walk around, but that’s about it. With this money, you’ll be able to kayak there. You’ll be able to fish. You’ll be able to sit down and eat your lunch, have a place to park and just enjoy the area. So that’s what you’re going to see with this money.”

Lewis said the park would be completed in phases.

“We’re creating a phased plan so that every year during budget, we can discuss that project and what we can afford as a city to move one step further,” he said.

Long-range plans call for the city to move the historic Trader Store and World War II-era train depot to the site, but that won’t happen this year. Lewis said the city would consider applying for grants specifically for historic preservation to finance that part of the project.

Lewis Farm Road park

In December, the city of Havelock received the deed to a 47-acre tract at the end of Lewis Farm Road from the N.C. Coastal Land Trust. The city also received word that it had qualified for a $500,000 N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant to develop a portion of the property into an athletic complex.

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