For more information about this project, contact Town Manager John Day at j.day@beaufortnc.org.

UPDATE 03/7/2017: At the Feb. 13, 2017, regular Board of Commissioners meeting, the Capital Project Budget Amendment No.1: Park Development and Improvement Project Fund was approved to mark the $2 million gift to be shared between Cedar Street Park and Randolph Johnson/Water Tower Park.

 
UPDATE 04/12/16: During the April 11, 2016, Board of Commissioners regular meeting, Landscape Architect Susan Hatchell gave to the Board of Commissioners this presentation. The Cedar Street Park conceptual plan was then approved.     

UPDATE 03/04/16:  More than 70 attended the Cedar Street Waterfront Park public input meeting held March 3 in the Train Depot. Landscape Architect Susan Hatchell gave a presentation about the different ideas for the park before giving the public a chance to vote on the ideas they preferred. If you missed the presentation, it's available here.

The final plans will be presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval during its April 11 regular meeting held in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St.

UPDATE 02/25/16:

 This information was distributed to media,the sunshine list and neighboring organizations of the Town for distribution.


Cedar Street Park public meeting set for March 3

 BEAUFORT – What do you think the park should look like at the west end of Cedar Street once Grayden Paul Bridge is gone?

The Town is inviting you to come share your ideas and give feedback during the Cedar Street Waterfront Park public input meeting Thursday, March 3, in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St. There will be a presentation at 5:30 p.m. followed by a charrette-type format, when the public will be encouraged to ask questions and provide input.  

Landscape Architect Susan Hatchell will share three different concepts – history/heritage, art and nature - that were presented to the Cedar Street Waterfront Park Steering Committee during its Feb. 11 meeting. She used the feedback from the committee to refine the three plans into what will be presented on Thursday.

 

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UPDATE 02/12/16:Landscape Architect Susan Hatchell presented to the Cedar Street Waterfront Park Steering Committee three design concepts during its Feb. 11 meeting. This was the second meeting of the committee.

The three different themes she proposed were history/heritage, art and nature. Ms. Hatchell discussed with the committee members the different elements they found most appealing in each of the ideas. Accessibility, parking and safety were among the forefront of concerns with each design. Other points the committee considered included materials to be used, landscape concepts and restrictions due to power lines running through the about 3-acre park. 

Ms. Hatchell will use the feedback from the committee to refine the three plans. She then will present these updated ideas to the  public from 5-7 p.m. March 3 in the Train Depot. 

The meeting will consist of a presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by a charrette-type format, when the public will be encouraged to ask questions and fill out comment forms. 

UPDATE 12/16/15:  The Cedar Street Waterfront Park Steering Committee will meet next at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Train Depot, when the architect, Susan Hatchell, will present three conceptual plans for the committee's input.

Using the feedback she receives from the committee, she and her team will refine the three plans, which will then be presented to the public 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in the Train Depot. The public meeting will consist of a presentation at 5:30 p.m. followed by a charrette-type format, where the public will be encouraged to ask questions and fill out comment forms. 

12/07/15: This recap of the Thursday, Dec. 3, meeting was emailed to members of the media. 

 

Beaufort Begins Discussing Plans For New Park

BEAUFORT – A citizen-based committee made great strides Thursday, Dec. 3, when they agreed that a pedestrian-friendly green space would be ideal for the western end of Cedar Street once the drawbridge is removed.

The Cedar Street Waterfront Park Steering Committee, comprised of adjacent landowners, Town officials and community members selected by Mayor Richard Stanley, met for the first time at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub to establish the groundwork for the project. About a dozen members of the public attended as well.

Landscape architect Susan Hatchell of Raleigh, who has been contracted by the Town to design the park, facilitated the two-hour open discussion.

She explained that the focus of the meeting was not to design specifics of the park but to determine how the space could be utilized to complement other recreational assets in town.

Consensus amongst the group was that the park would be geared toward pedestrians. ADA-compliant walking paths, ample shade trees, water fountains, benches, low-level lighting for safety, a possible starting point for a bike path and pet waste stations were all key points committee members mentioned the park would need to be family friendly and inviting for all.

Several committee members emphasized that allowing fishing to continue at the park is vital for preserving Beaufort heritage. However, it was suggested that strict limitations on vehicle access may be warranted.

Committee members agreed that the park would not be designed to accommodate large gatherings such as concerts, weddings, etc. Additionally, there will not be any Town-maintained permanent facilities or any type of constructed boat launch, as these amenities are available nearby.

One question broached early in the meeting was what would remain of the drawbridge.

“The entire bridge structure is going away,” Assistant Town Manager Lauren Hermley told the committee. “We are not in the financial position to assume responsibility for a deteriorating bridge.” She added that the existing bulkhead will remain.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members have been discussing the future of the west of Cedar Street since the decision to remove the bridge was made. Chairman Rett Newton explained to the committee during the Thursday meeting the advisory board’s conclusions.

He said that there were two aspects that the advisory board has considered: What’s it going to look like (basic requirements) and how it’s going to operate. The latter he said he would be addressed at another time.

Mr. Newton continued that the board recognized that the primary need for the park is a restroom, either plumbed or portable. It was suggested to work with adjacent property owners for a shared facility. The other recommendation, in order to preserve the landscape, was not to allow vehicle traffic to use that northern access, though ADA accessibility requirements would be taken into consideration. He suggested a cul-de-sac for unloading at the northern access, with motor vehicle parking nearby.

Ms. Hatchell said to get this project in motion, they will need to have conversations with Duke Progress and NCDOT. With NCDOT, the goal is to discuss their plans and with Duke Progress, the conversation will address the over-head powerlines and possible lighting scenarios.

The next step for park design is Ms. Hatchell’s group will create three conceptual master plans to be reviewed by the committee in February. After the committee reviews the plans, the Town will host a charrette to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback. 

 “I feel like we’re off to a great start; I think everyone is seeing a very similar vision,” Ms. Hatchell said. “I think it will be fairly easy to build a consensus about how to move forward and to make this something that respects the past but embraces this new future you have.”

Mayor Stanley remarked on the success of the first committee meeting.

“Our architect did a great job in leading the discussion and we had excellent participation from committee members,” he said. “At the end of the two hour meeting, it was obvious that a consensus has been reached for this area to become a green, open space for fishing, access to the water, viewing, walking trails, a community and public gathering spot. The next step will be the design phase after discussions with Duke Progress and DOT.” 

 12/03/15: The first meeting of the Cedar Street Waterfront Park Steering Committee to discuss the project is at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, on the third floor of Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub, 425 Front St., Beaufort, and is open to the public. 

11/10/15: During the Nov. 9, 2015, meeting of the Board of Commissioners, it was decided to move forward with the planning for the future of the western end of Cedar Street following completion of the new bridge. The request of the Mayor ot  establish a steering committee to work with staff and a professional landscape architect was granted. The committee consists of a range of representatives from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Planning Board, NC DOT, Carteret County, adjacent property owners, and a handful of citizens from the community. 

A survey has also been developed for citizen input and is available here. Citizens are also encouraged to swing by the office to speak to Public Information Officer Jennifer Allen at any time to discuss their wishes for this new park. 

11/09/15: On the agenda for the Nov. 9 meeting, the Board of Commissioners will discuss plans for the future of the western end of Cedar Street following completion of the new bridge. Staff will request that the Mayor consider establishing a steering committee to work with staff and a professional landscape architect. The committee should likely consist of representatives from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Planning Board, NC DOT, Carteret County, adjacent property owners, and a handful of citizens from the community.