NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington celebrated the completion of a $3 million renovation project at Echo Farms Park today with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting.
“I appreciate the dedication of county and city staff for their work on this park,” said New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman at today’s dedication. “And I am grateful to my fellow Commissioners and the City Council who came together two years ago to ensure we could have a safe, inviting, accessible community park and greenspace for every single person to be able to enjoy right here at Echo Farms. I believe we have accomplished that, and I encourage everyone in our community to visit this park, play tennis here, and enjoy these great new amenities.”
The renovation project included resurfacing the five clay tennis courts, installation of new LED tennis lighting, swimming pool improvements, including a new liner and added accessibility, a new tennis and pool clubhouse with restrooms, and parking lot improvements. A 0.7-mile asphalt multiuse trail is currently under construction, and will be completed by the end of this year.
The county and city purchased the 14-acre parcel of land for Echo Farms Park in September 2018. The $1.7 million cost of the property was split evenly, and the county is responsible for operating and maintaining the park. The existing five clay tennis courts opened to the public in September 2018, and the swimming pool will open in Summer 2021.
“Open space and parks are something we know that our residents want and deserve,” said City of Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “Further, the city’s Comprehensive Plan emphasizes the need for planned development, as well as the need for open space. This park is within walking distance of many nearby residents but will also serve the entire city and county for many years to come and will be a great legacy to leave our children.”
Additional improvements to the park, including several new clay tennis courts and other park amenities, will be paid for by the county and will take place in the next few years. Visit the Parks and Gardens website for Echo Farms Park hours and information.
Watch today’s dedication ceremony here, and take a short video tour of the park below.