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Nags Head’s Dowdy Park Heads Into Phase II

February 2, 2018

As Dowdy Park approaches its one-year anniversary, Nags Head officials are set to move into the second phase of park development that will include a restroom facility and basketball court, as well as courts for pickle ball and bocce ball. Approximately $500,000 is earmarked for the next phase, work for which is slated to go out to bid this spring, with construction beginning in mid-July, according to Assistant Town Manager Andy Garman. Construction is expected to take about seven months, officials say. The town received three grants to help with the second phase of construction. The town purchased the old dilapidated Dowdy Amusement Park in 2013 and converted it into the municipal park. With a $750,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources and a $250,000 grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the town completed the first phase of the project last year and celebrated a grand opening in May. As a stipulation of the Trillium grant, the town installed an inclusive playground that features play elements for children with special needs. Shade structures were also incorporated into the first phase, said Town Engineer David Ryan, “to address some of the citizen concerns with lack of shade relief.” Ryan said officials have been “pleasantly surprised” by the number of visitors to the park in its first year, adding that they hope to increase the number of events held at the park.

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