Atlantic Beach commits to bringing family entertainment to town - WNCT

Atlantic Beach commits to bringing family entertainment to town

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. -

Atlantic Beach says it's committed to bringing more family entertainment back to town.

The town has approved a master plan for major improvements to the Town Park at the former Coral Bay Shopping Center, according to Atlantic Beach's Facebook page.

Atlantic Beach mayor Trace Cooper says one day the former shopping center will be the home of a four-acre town park.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for this spring on the first round of improvements. Those improvements include converting asphalt areas to lawn areas and the installation of a splash pad, a water park element that the town says will be fun for kids of all ages.

Future plans for the park include a miniature golf course, a skateboard park, walking trails and bocce ball.

"I think it's a great idea," said Atlantic Beach resident Katrina O'Conor. "Having these kids in town with more things to do, more activities, they're really going to enjoy growing up here."

Meanwhile, the town is working on another big project: the Circle.

Cooper says this fall there's going to be a groundbreaking of a new town hall and welcome center, big enough to host 200 people for special events.

"That sounds great too! Atlantic Beach needs to be growing," said Atlantic Beach visitor Vicki Woollen.

Finally, the Sheraton hotel is undergoing a five million dollar renovation. The owners announced they're re-opening the hotel on June 1 as a Double Tree by Hilton.

"I think a lot of it is just the economy coming back a little bit, so that coastal real estate, single family homes being built. So there's just an uptick in development that's great," said Cooper.

The mayor says the town center will cost about three million dollars, all of which will come from the town's general fund.

As far as the two million dollar town park, Cooper hopes that'll be funded mostly through grants.

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