Wilmington hosts public meeting on new sports complex

Wilmington hosting public meeting on new sports complex

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The City of Wilmington held a public meeting about its future sports complex Wednesday in an effort to get the community’s input on the project.

Members of the public were given the chance to drop in anytime during the meeting in the city council chambers to see concept designs and give input on possible amenities.

In July, the Wilmington City Council unanimously approved to accept the donation of a 65-acre property from Cape Fear Soccerplex and to enter a management agreement with Cape Fear Soccer Association.

The property, which is located on Sutton Steam Plant Road off of Hwy. 421, currently consists of seven soccer fields, a driveway, a gravel parking lot, a gazebo and a temporary restroom building.

The city plans to use the approximately 32 of the 65 acres of undeveloped land on the property for five to seven additional fields to serve multiple sports.

As part of the 2016 Parks Bonds, $10 million has been allocated for the project.

Marian Doherty, a city recreation program specialist, said the consultants hired by the city to design the new complex have come up with three tentative plans.

Those at the meeting were able to look at the plans and provide feedback, as well as indicate what they think is important to have.

“Any project we do we want buy in from the public," Doherty said. "We want to make sure that their voice is heard. As you know, they voted for this parks bond, and we really want to make it reflective of what they want.”

Anyone who was unable to attend the meeting but would like to provide input can take the online survey found here.

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