Chris O’Keefe, New Hanover County planning director, said that when the county bought the land that is now Wade Park, Bethel Road was not connected.
“As long as the Dobos operated the treatment plant on that site the road was not connected for public use,” O’Keefe said.
James E.L. Wade Park opened to the public in January 2009. The 17-acre park is at 3500 Bethel Road, New Hanover County [Map this].
According to the New Hanover County website, the county acquired land formerly known as the “Dobo property” with funding provided by the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The goal of the land acquisition was to improve water quality in Hewlett’s Creek by partnering with the city of Wilmington to construct a stormwater wetland on the property, according to the county.
Following the acquisition of the property, and in order to facilitate construction of the stormwater project, New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington agreed on a long-term lease for the property.
Date posted: January 7, 2011
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