Topsail Beach officials keep eyes on getting park funds

Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 16:50 PM.

Topsail Beach still is in the running for a state grant to partially fund the town’s proposed park.

But, as a just-in-case, town commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday night to apply for a 2014 N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant.

The town applied for a grant earlier this year to reimburse a portion of the $500,000 the town spent to buy land for a town center off N.C. 50 at the corner of South Anderson Boulevard and Davis Avenue in the heart of downtown.

The state is expected to announce on Friday which applications it approves.

Topsail officials have been working on ways to increase the town’s odds of obtaining a grant. Development of the proposed park has been split into phases, a move that allows the town to apply up front for less money.

The application, due Jan. 31, will seek $355,000 to go toward paying for the land, a playground, an area for field games, a restroom facility, and the installation of water, sewer, irrigation system and electric service, all of which will cost an estimated $153,350.

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