Groundbreaking set for new Wilson Park project

Construction fencing surrounds the site of a recently demolished restroom building at Wilson Park in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023. (Flyer Photo/Todd Gill)

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Wilson Park Hub is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

The new hub will include restrooms, picnic tables, a community information board, a changeable mural, and space for things like summer camps and other events. It will replace the recently demolished restroom building at the center of the park.

The work is part of a plan that was announced in 2021, which includes several improvements at the park in the coming years. Aside from the new hub, park planners have envisioned a series of changes that could eventually lead to more interaction with the stream that runs through the park by way of a new promenade and some new creek crossings.

Crews will begin laying the foundation and slabs sometime in March, and construction of the building is expected to begin in July, said Wade Abernathy, the city’s director of bond projects and facilities. Abernathy said if all goes to plan, the new structure should be completed by October.

The $1.4 million project is being funded in part by the Park Improvement Bond approved by Fayetteville voters in 2019.

Project rendering (Courtesy, City of Fayetteville)
Project rendering (Courtesy, City of Fayetteville)