Mulberry Street Park
Mulberry Street Park Groundbreaking
SHALLOTTE – The new 10-acre Mulberry Street Park situated in the heart of Shallotte is officially under construction. The park is a part of a larger revitalization effort by the Town of Shallotte to create a downtown recreation destination that will also help support businesses in the central business district.
On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Town of Shallotte turned the first shovel of dirt at the park. Lifelong Shallotte residents and elected members of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen Alan Lewis and Larry Harrelson shared the honors of digging into the new project. Mayor Walt Eccard led the ceremony.
“Today is a great day for Shallotte and its citizens,” Eccard said. “We have reached this milestone after more than a year of hard work by the Board of Aldermen and Town staff led by Town Administrator Albert Hughes. It is appropriate that the first shovel was turned by Aldermen Harrelson and Lewis who used to play here as children and have served on the committee that has brought us to this point. I look forward to the days when this will be the recreational center of Shallotte, when festivals will return to Shallotte and when all of us will enjoy the farmers market, the movie and concert series and the natural beauty of this area."
Mulberry Street Park is conveniently located across Mulberry Street from the Shallotte River and directly behind Main Street businesses between Mulberry Street and Shallotte Avenue. A part of the park includes construction of a new road that will connect the downtown area and provide more accessibility to the Mulberry Street Park. The park’s location provides users with quick access to shopping dining and businesses within the heart of downtown Shallotte.
The Town of Shallotte has been working with Paramounte Engineering of Wilmington on park plans. After a series of public meetings and surveys in 2014, the Town of Shallotte and Paramounte Engineering developed a concept design for the new park. In late January, Ocean Isle Beach based contractor JP Russ & Son Inc. was awarded the contract for phase 1 of the Mulberry Street Park project.
In addition to the construction of a new roadway funded in part by a USDA grant, Phase 1 will include the creation of a storm water pond/water feature, a permanent home for the Shallotte Farmers Market, a temporary amphitheater area, a community garden and lots of parking that will also be available to support downtown businesses. The Shallotte Rotary Club is donating a Native Plant Garden that is included in phase 1.
Natural amenities within the Mulberry Street Park include 2-acres of bottomland hardwoods mixed with wooded wetlands in the northern portion of the site and a vegetated stream bank along Browning Branch on the western boundary. A nature trail will wind through these areas. The historic Leonard Cemetery where the first mayor of Shallotte is buried will continue to be preserved on the park site.
Phase 2 of the park includes a 2-12 year old playground, the creation of a small and large events lawn, a 0.3 mile wooded nature trail with environmental education areas, a trail head kiosk, three picnic shelters and a community garden expansion. The walking trail will circle the small and large events lawns that are intended to house a new annual festival and multi-use play fields.
An amphitheater is also proposed for phase 2; this will become the permanent home of the Shallotte SummerFest Concert and Movie series. The amphitheater will be sculpted out of the steepest slopes on the site. Restroom facilities and a storage area will also be included in the amphitheater area. An additional phase includes a possible community building. The Town of Shallotte has applied for a PARTF Grant to aide in funding Phase 2.
Weather permitting, phase 1 of the park will be complete by May 2015.
For more information, contact Megan Bishop at email@example.com or (910) 754-4032.