By Judy Royal
A public parks system is a vital component of a successful community. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, parks and recreation have three values that make them essential services to an area: economic value, health and environmental benefits, and social importance.
While the health, environmental, and social ramifications are somewhat clear, many people don’t realize that parks can have a direct effect on real estate. A Texas A&M review of 25 studies investigating whether parks and open space contributed positively to the values of surrounding properties found that 20 of the 25 studies determined the values of properties closer to parks were higher. “The real estate market consistently demonstrates that many people are willing to pay a larger amount for property located close to parks and open space areas than for a home that does not offer this amenity,” according to the review. In addition, quality parks and recreation are one of the top three reasons that businesses cite in relocation decisions in a number of studies.
If you’re in the market for Wilmington NC real estate, you’ll be glad to know there is no shortage of public recreation space in Southeastern North Carolina. No matter which county or community you’re in, you’ll find plenty of spots to get out and get active. Below you’ll see one example of a great park to visit in each place where Intracoastal Realty has a location.
Hugh MacRae Park, 314 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington
Offering 98 acres of walking/jogging trails, an all-inclusive playground, a splash pad, a dog park, baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a horse ring, Hugh MacRae Park is a popular spot for events and festivals throughout the year.
Wrightsville Beach Park, 1 Bob Sawyer Drive, Wrightsville Beach
Located along the John Nesbitt Loop that circles the town’s heart, Wrightsville Beach Park has 13 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, athletic fields, sand volleyball courts, playground equipment, and a fitness trail.
Carolina Beach Lake Park, 400 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach
Once noted in the The Guinness Book of World Records as the freshwater lake closest to salt water, Carolina Beach Lake is the focal point of its namesake 11-acre park that includes a sheltered picnic area, a playground, four gazebos overlooking the water, kayaks and paddle boats available for rent, and a walking path. In the summer, it serves as the location for a weekly farmers’ market and outdoor movies shown on an inflatable screen, and during the holiday Island of Lights celebration it is decorated in seasonal splendor.
Joe Eakes Park, K Avenue and South 7th Avenue, Kure Beach
You’ll find a children’s playground, a picnic area, a full basketball court, a regulation baseball field, two bocce ball courts, two tennis courts with a practice backboard, and a disc golf course at Joe Eakes Park. There are also picnic tables and the Gurney Hood Barking Lot dog park.
Lowe-White Memorial Park, East Leonard Street and Willis Drive, Southport
Facilities at Lowe-White Memorial Park include a pair of enclosed tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic tables, and the enclosed basketball half-court. There are also walking trails and an overlook structure.
William S. “Bill” Smith Park, 4410 Fish Factory Road SE, Oak Island
Experience 24 acres of athletic fields, a disc golf course, a kayak launch, a picnic shelter, a community use building, and two dog parks, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, at William S. “Bill” Smith Park.
Ocean Isle Beach Park, 6483 Old Georgetown Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach Park features 58 acres of tennis courts, two playgrounds, a covered picnic area, a large multipurpose athletic field, and a 300-seat amphitheater.
Leland Community Park, 1490 Village Rd NE, Leland
Come to Leland Community Park to enjoy two baseball fields, two batting cages, three picnic shelters, a playground, two community buildings, and a paved walking path.
Hampstead Kiwanis Park, 586 Sloop Point Loop Road, Hampstead
You’ll find 82 acres of athletic fields, fitness trails, and a picnic area at Hampstead Kiwanis Park, and it’s also the site of events throughout the year, including the annual Easter egg hunt.
Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave., Surf City
Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, Soundside Park has a playground, boardwalk’s around the sound’s edge, viewing decks, a fishing pier, picnic shelters, and an amphitheater.
Are you ready to call Southeastern North Carolina home so you and your family can explore all of the parks it has to offer? Intracoastal Realty is here to meet your Wilmington NC real estate needs. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 12 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island.