Public Gets Look At Plans For New Park In Angier

Local resident Robin Marks, left, looks at potential plans for a new park in Angier at a public meeting on the night of March 31. Brian Starkey, director of parks and recreation with the civil engineering firm WithersRavenel, and Angier Parks and Recreation Director Derek McLean are also shown. Marks is a property owner near where the main entrance of the proposed park is set to be located. DAILY RECORD PHOTO/TOM WOERNER

By Tom Woerner
Dunn Daily Record

The public got a third opportunity March 31 to see what town officials say could change the recreation system in Harnett County.

The town of Angier and its parks and recreation department held its third public meeting for residents to learn about what they are potentially calling the Angier Town Park.

The large recreation area, now in preliminary planning stages would be located off of Campbell Street, near the town’s public works facility. The land in question was once used as spray fields for excess storm water in the town.

The potential site for the park is approximately 20 acres. Among the proposed amenities include a more than 2-acre dog park, splash pad, play ground areas, additional sports fields, tennis courts and pickleball areas. There would also be picnic areas and a large walking trail around the facility.

Any project would be at least five years out, as plans have not been approved and funding for the project has not been secured.

If built, officials say the park will be an addition to what is already one of the best known recreational areas in the county, Jack Marley Park.

“This will be a good addition to Jack Marley Park,” Angier Parks and Recreation Director Derek McLean said. “We have looked a long time and we think this land can meet the needs we have for the town’s future.”

Town leaders say growth projections say the town will need an additional park in the next 10 years. The new park should meet the needs of its residents.

“If we do this, we don’t have to build another park,” Town Manager Gerry Vincent said

The location of the park, within the town limits is important.

“Ideally the park will be located in the town limits to make it accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists,” McLean said.

Local resident Robin Marks closely viewed plans for the project at the session. She owns land on Guy Road that would be potentially affected.

The plans call for the park’s main entrance to be on Guy Road. In a letter to officials she expressed several concerns including noise, lights, drivers’ speeds, overall liability and security.

“I see both the positives and negatives of a park but I have concerns about how it will affect the value of my land,” Marks said.