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Are there any plans for improvement or redesign of Optimist Park?

Hunter Ingram

The city of Wilmington does not have any plans to improve or upgrade Optimist Park, located on Front Street within sight of the major culvert replacement to Greenfield Lake.

Amy Beatty, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation, said the park and its three baseball fields sit in a floodplain, which limits constructability.

“You wouldn’t want to go make a lot of improvements with the high risk of it flooding,” she said. “It is not the best investment because it just floods too easily.”

She said it is also dependent on any plans for nearby Port of Wilmington, be they future expansion or road improvements.

The park underwent some minor improvements last year including upgrades to its electrical capabilities and dug out.

Beatty said they want to make it as functional as possible for the groups that use the park, including two kickball leagues that run from February to September.

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