Greenville City Council approves $19M Town Common facelift


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville Town Common will be getting a facelift over the next couple years after the City Council approved a long-term $19 million plan to add bathrooms, a boat dock a more to make the park more family friendly.

“I think the improvements would be a good thing,” said Javonte Powell, a community member. “I think its allowing for more families to get out and to get active.”

Powell is a photographer and takes pictures for families all the time at Town Common. He said one thing that’s really needed are bathrooms, which is part of the new plan.

Powell said in the past, his clients had to leave the session to go find the nearest one.

“It’s going to make it where they don’t have to walk so far, and it will be right here where they will be able to use the bathroom and use the resources they have here,” Powell said.

A bell tower, a kayak launch and an interactive fountain are only some of the possible new amenities coming to Town Common.

Mayor Pro-Tem Kandie Smith said another possible plan involves moving the amphitheater “so it can be really usable and everybody can come out and enjoy it. We are looking at different designs versus the one we currently have.”

Smith said the goal is to get as many people utilizing the open space as possible.

“I would love to (have) kids on that playground running around and having a great time; their parents sitting down reading books or on the exercise equipment,” said Smith. “I would love to see people out here fishing, and I would love to see concerts in the evening and everyone in the community coming together for a melting pot.”

Smith did wants to remind residents the updates to Town Common won’t happen overnight.

The first goal is completing the all-inclusive playground, which should be done in the next two weeks.

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