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Why has the work on Dram Tree Park stopped?

Ken Little

An “unanticipated delay” by the manufacturer of an underground retention tank being installed as part of the project “hampered construction for approximately 45 days,” city of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

“Work will begin on the project again as soon as the tank arrives next week,” Talbert said Thursday, May 31.

The city started work on the latest phase of improvements to Dram Tree Park in March.

“These upgrades add much needed additional parking spaces for cars and boat trailers, as well as more open space,” Talbert said.

The project also includes drainage improvements in the area, including the installation of the stormwater retention tank.

Once work resumes, the project should be complete within one month, Talbert said.

The city finished the first phase of updates and renovations to Dram Tree Park, a boat ramp and new kayak launch in October 2010. Parking will be expanded by adding 26 additional boat parking spaces.

Talbert provided some additional background about the history of the park:

The Wilmington Manufactured Gas Plant operated at the site from about 1883 through 1957 on property now owned by the city, the Wilmington Housing Authority and developers. Progress Energy restored the surrounding area at the intersection of Surry and Castle streets at the location of the former Wilmington MGP, while the city repaired the nearby boat ramp.

The city also built a floating dock and kayak launch.

The project is a joint effort with Progress Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which helped to fund the restoration.

More information about the park is available on the city’s website, www.wilmingtonnc.gov.


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