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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Despite suffering damages from Hurricane Irene, New Hanover County officials celebrated the opening of Smith Creek Park Wednesday morning.
There was an official ribbon cutting for the 92-acre park Wednesday morning at 10:00. The park, located off Gordon and Harris Roads, includes a 35-acre freshwater lake.
New Hanover County received a half million dollar North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant to be used for park development.
In addition to the grant, sand that was mined from the lake area was sold to defray costs. The sand mine created one of the county’s largest freshwater lakes.
County officials said another 80-acre parcel of property near the new facilities will be developed in the future. Current plans include a dog park, nature trails and a bird watching area.
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