Clarence Tart Park is undergoing an estimated $2.97 million makeover expected to be completed by the end of the fall.
DUNN — For the first time in over a decade, Clarence Tart Park is undergoing somewhat of a facelift.
An estimated $2.97 million project, which includes the addition of two new softball fields, is quickly rounding to form.
“It’s an overall improvement of the neighborhood. Parks add value to overall quality of life,” said Brian McNeill, recreation director for the City of Dunn Parks and Recreation.
According to McNeill, the revamp, which also includes a brand new control tower that overlooks all four ball fields, is about “55% finished” after its groundbreaking in February.
The control center’s brick foundation is complete and crews are currently working to finish the interior wiring and lighting. When finished, the building will serve as a central post, complete with a press box, concessions and restrooms.
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Meanwhile, the MUSCO lighting systems surrounding all the softball fields are in place, and crews are finishing the chain-link fences as well as dugouts.
The front portion of the park will be home to a brand new soccer field and the walking trail that outlines the entire property will also see upgrades. Small outdoor fitness centers are to be posted along the trail, and guests can also enjoy a nine-hole disc golf course that will be set up throughout the park.
McNeill was part of a local group to apply for a North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant in 2017, which he says was in response to the successful completion of the city’s other major recreation renovation, Tyler Park, just a year prior.
Dunn Parks and Rec received $350,000 in PARTF funds and another $500 in the form of a state assembly grant. The rest of the project was financed by additional funding from the city of Dunn.
Earlier this month, Gov. Roy Cooper extended his “Safer at Home” Phase 2 guidelines that limit large groups and closes playgrounds to at least Sept. 11. McNeill is hoping to have the project finished by the end of the fall, just in time for what is expected to be a loosening of restrictions statewide.
“Having quality facilities definitely brings attention and demand to Dunn,” he said. “Hopefully it will bring business and participation for our programs.”
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