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Riverwalk progress in Belville

It began as a vision, “This time last year I would drive by this site and think, what an opportunity,” said Joe Breault, Project Manager of the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Project.

Belville is looking to enrich the beauty of the Brunswick River Park for their community. On January 2nd, 2014 Belville Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment in its annual budget to provide funding for the project.

The Riverwalk will include a fishing pier, walking/biking trails, a community garden, a farmer’s market and a kayak/canoe launch area. A museum is planned to exhibit the history rich of Belville. The current amenities on the site such as the picnic shelters and two playgrounds will remain. A water taxi will also be available at the park, for those who would like to venture over to the Wilmington area.

Construction on the project is slated to begin June 1, with an estimated completion date anticipated for the end of 2014.

A boater enters the boat ramp area located at the current site, Brunswick River Park.

A boater enters the boat ramp area located at the current site, Brunswick River Park.

“We have this beautiful riverfront in our area and now we will have something for townspeople to enjoy,” said Mike Allen, Mayor of Belville.

The cost of the project will be shared. The town is seeking a grant from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Project. Breault said that the actual cost to the town for phase one of the project is estimated to be $130,000.

“This will greatly highlight the town and enhance the north end of Brunswick County and Wilmington,” Allen said.

The town was able to obtain the land from Brunswick County with the understanding they must complete the project within five years.

The park is located off NC 133, across from Belville Elementary School. The site is currently called the Brunswick River Park. The 22 acre site overlooks the Brunswick River of which two miles of riverfront will be accessible to the community of Belville and its neighbors to enjoy.

“Just because we’re a small town doesn’t mean economically we can’t grow,” said Allen.