Greenville reveals options for new Town Common

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It was a packed house Monday night for a public meeting to discuss plans for the Town Common in Greenville.

Representatives from Rhodeside & Harwell presented different options and looks for the Town Common, and asked those in attendance to weigh in on them.

“The more the community is engaged, the more we learn, and the better the product will be,” said Elliot Rhodeside.

Two different versions of the Town Common were presented, both of which had the same features. What differed with the plans was where those features would be.

Just some of the items on the drawing for Town Common were docks, river access points and a beach, interactive water displays, and an all inclusive playground, which is already underway.

City officials said the park could also have economic development impacts along 1st St.

“That might be a selling point for the developer to say, look we’ve got a beautiful park out your front door. We’ve also got a beautiful view out your window,” said Gary Fenton, the director of Greenville Parks and Rec.

Fenton said they also plan to remember the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church with a special tower feature in the park. The church used to sit on the property of town common until the mid-1900s.

He said regardless of what plan they go with, the Town Common is for everyone.

“It’s not just mine, it’s not just yours, it’s everybody’s park,” Fenton said. “It’s common ground for our community.”

The playground is expected to be complete by mid-Fall.

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