Capital Projects Update for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation department manages major projects that are intended to improve or expand park and trail facilities for our residents and visitors. There has been great progress in many capital projects.
The Bolin Creek Trail project is tentatively rescheduled for completion this fall. We have been working diligently with state and federal regulators, our design team, the Town’s coal ash consultants, and our contractors to arrive at a plan to improve the design to be able to better withstand another substantial weather and rain event such as Hurricane Florence in 2018. The tentative start date of construction is October 2019.
Improvements to Ephesus Park are focused on increasing accessibility. We are near completion of ADA compliant paths and parking lot improvements. This project has expanded to repaving the existing parking lot and expanding the overall number of parking spaces. As a result, the parking lot was roughly doubled in size. In addition, we have initiated a project for resurfacing the pickleball courts.
In response to past draining issues at Southern Community Park after large amounts of rainfall, draining improvements have been completed.
The Fordham Boulevard Sidepath project is nearly complete. This sidepath will connect many residential and commercial properties throughout northeastern Chapel Hill. A public meeting to discuss this project will be will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S. Estes Drive. If you have any interest in this project you are encouraged to attend.
Finally, improvements have been made to Memorial Cemetery including construction and installation of the Chatham Monument.
About four times each year, the department produces a Planning and Development Newsletter which gives a comprehensive overview of all capital projects in the Town of Chapel Hill.
Read about all the stories above and more in our July 2019 Capital Updates Newsletter.