Topsail officials accept grant for new park

Published: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 07:16 PM.

The facts, Blanchard said, are that the board twice voted unanimously to apply for the grant. All but one board member, Commissioner Julian Bone, approved spending $500,000 to buy land in the center of town for the purpose of building a park.

“I just feel like this thing should go ahead,” Blanchard said.

He and commissioners Larry Combs and Linda Stipe voted to accept the grant as long as a review of the contract reveals no surprises. Commissioners Tom Eggleston and Bone opposed the motion.

“It’s been a difficult issue,” Combs said. “This is something that has been planned for a long, long time. I think we’ve been very fortunate that that grant has materialized. Economically it is allowing us to do something that we could not do.”

Once the contract is signed, the town will be reimbursed $250,000 – half of what the town paid for a one-acre lot at Davis Avenue and Anderson Boulevard for the park.

Preliminary plans for the park include public restrooms, a playground and parking.

Topsail Beach was one of 14 out of 73 applicants to receive a portion of the $4.4 million grant.

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