Greenville city leaders respond to Town Common boat access concerns

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In Greenville, residents are concerned about a popular boat ramp access.

Over the weekend, 9 On Your Side reported how boaters feel unsafe around the loading pier at Greenville’s Town Common.

“Down at Town Common, specifically, I’ve been running into quite a few issues,” said Knee Deep Adventures owner Kelsey Curtis, who added, when she brings her customers down to the Tar River access, she has to inform them of some dangers. “We have to make sure that they stay extremely far away from this dock so that their kayaks don’t get hung up on the logs and whatnot cause that can make them flip over easily.”

Greenville Recreation and Parks heard the cries from fishermen and boaters like Curtis and took a second look at the pier.

“It is wood so that’s a possibility and it is old and that’s why it needs to be replaced,” explained Director Gary Fenton, who said they’re working diligently to soothe all of the concerns. “We’ve decided to move forward with the pier itself and try to work out the details for the canoe and kayak launch.”

However, he said it will take planning, “The design, the location, all those things impact whether you can get your permits. We’ve been working a long time but we are not going to give up.”

Fenton said the time spent on the pier project is all within the bigger picture of the Tar River legacy plan.

Fisherman Scott Snyder said he looks forward to the benefits of a new pier, “If you get more people out there, you’ll get more people concerned about the river and more people taking care of the river. I think that’s all good, a positive.”

The Greenville City Council will touch on the pier’s plans at this week’s meeting.

Presentations for the overall park plan are set for September.

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