Town Working to Acquire 30-Acre Tract Behind Town Government Complex


The Town is currently working with MCAS Cherry Point on the acquisition of the largest remaining vacant parcel of land in Emerald Isle for future park development.  The 30-acre tract located directly behind the Town Government Complex includes a mature maritime forest and approximately 1100 linear feet of frontage on Archers Creek, and is located directly within the Bogue Field flight path.  

The Town has executed a contract to purchase the land, and is seeking more than $2.5 million of grant funding from MCAS Cherry Point, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund toward the $3 million purchase price.  The Town expects to learn the fate of all grant applications by September, and hopes to complete the purchase in October.  The Conservation Fund, a national preservation organization with an office in North Carolina, is assisting the Town on this significant project.  

Upon acquisition, the Town intends to preserve approximately 20 acres as a nature park, with public hiking trails and other passive recreation amenities.  The Town intends to reserve the remaining 10 acres for future active recreation facilities, potentially including a soccer field, baseball field, tennis courts, and/or other amenities desired by the community in the future.  The future park will be known as McLean-Spell Park, in honor of the original founders who first began development of Emerald Isle in the 1950s. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, April 6, 2017 9:56:00 AM