Westgate Nature Park
Leland Parks and Recreation completed Westgate Nature Park in late 2013. The park is located at 1260 West Gate Drive, on the south side of Highway 17 behind the Westgate commercial and residential area.
The park sits on almost 150 acres of wetlands and uplands, which is a first in the town.
The first phase of improvement was funded through a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
The park will include 0.3 miles of a paved hiking and biking trail, a raised boardwalk and outdoor classroom that will overlook the wetlands of the area. There will also be a nature inspired playground, picnic area, event lawn, parking and other park amenities. Lots of green space will occupy the park as well. There will be a 5 miles trail once the park is completed.
Once all the phases are completed, the outdoor classrooms will be able to hold programs that can help the community understand and benefit the coastal wetlands in Leland.
Sturgeon Creek Park
Leland is adding the finishing touches to Sturgeon Creek Park. The park, which was originally intended to be a public water access, occupies 27 acres of wetlands that were donated to the town by Kirby Sullivan.
The town acquired an extra 1.2 acres of land through the 2007 Coastal Waterfront Access Grant from the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. The park is located at 844 Appleton Way.
The park will be the first water access site in the town. Residents will be able to launch kayaks, canoes and small non-motorized boats. There will also be a floating dock, a deck overlook, a fishing area, an outdoor classroom/fire pit, picnic area and other park amenities. The existing parking lot will acquire improvements also.
Sturgeon Creek Park should open in spring of this year.