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Wilson councilmen on Thursday approved a nearly $560,000 contract for improvements to Lake Wilson Park set to begin next month.
Parks and Recreation Director David Lee said the city opened the project for bids earlier this month and PLT Construction provided the lowest bid to improve parking and docks while adding lighting, sidewalks, boat parking, bathrooms, benches and an open space for picnics.
“It is going to be a great park when we’re done,” Lee said.
City water resource crews have been doing construction at the Lake Wilson dam for several months and are expected to be done in the next month or so depending on weather. Councilman James Johnson asked whether the improvements to the park will require it to be closed, but staff said the plan is to keep residents safe while striving to keep as much of the amenities open as possible.
Lee also provided an update on the Toisnot Dog Park.
“If you’re driving by there 14 times a day like I do, there is a lot going on and Allen Owens Construction and Paving is set to finish up late August or early September,” he said.
Crews have raised the park’s ground level along Ward Boulevard and have improved drainage, added sidewalks and built two out of three of the shade structures. The plan is to add trees, benches, trash cans, fencing, irrigation and sod for a mid-November grand opening.
“I want to congratulate you and all of your staff on everything you’ve done in these parks,” said Councilman Tom Fyle. “You’ve done an outstanding job and the city of Wilson and all the residents know it.”
Other action during the meeting included voluntary annexation for a portion of the Clairmont Place apartments on Ashbrook Drive as well as rezoning to make way for hundreds of apartments near the 4000 block of Raleigh Road Parkway. Councilman Logan Liles asked prior to the meeting about how residents would exit the development.
“Rush hour out there is not good and I’m hearing a lot of concerns from people,” Liles said.
The first two phases of the development are slated to connect with Raleigh Road Parkway, but when the third phase is complete, it will connect with a road through an adjacent development along Airport Boulevard for houses and townhomes.