BELVILLE, N.C. (WECT) – Leaders broke ground Friday afternoon to extend a walkway along the banks of the Cape Fear River as the next step in the expansion of the Brunswick Riverwalk Park.
Investment from the North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided the opportunity for the Town of Belville to extend the park’s boardwalk north toward US 74/76 with a 2,400-foot (about a half mile) addition.
“Managing southeast North Carolina and the transportation system here — we’re seeing tremendous growth in the region…tremendous,” said NCDOT Division 3 district engineer Chad Kimes. “So, it’s just not about the roads any longer, it’s about movement, whether it be through a trail or bicycle lanes, there’s all kinds of modes of transportation we have to manage now.”
This project is part of Belville’s Vision 2030 Plan to create a waterfront destination.
“Our alliance with the North Carolina Department of Transportation launches our work to turn the Vision 2030 Plan into reality,” said Mayor Mike Allen. “We thank NCDOT for recognizing how important their land was to our efforts and for enabling us to begin fulfilling our dream of creating toward a new downtown Belville.
With public input, the Town of Belville began developing its Vision 2030 Plan earlier this year with the hopes of creating a mixed-use development and other recreational components along the riverfront between Riverwalk Park and US 74/76 to form a new downtown.
Long-term plans call for a mixture of office and retail space in the downtown area, along with a hotel and an events center. Also, the town is considering adding things like a dedicated food truck parking area, an amphitheater, more walkways, a splash pad, a dog park, and more.
Click here for more information about the Vision 2030 Plan.
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