City of Greenville looks to improve amenities at Woodlawn Park

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Residents in one Eastern Carolina city provided input Thursday about their neighborhood park as the city is looking to make major improvements to it.

Until recent years, going to Woodlawn Park in Greenville, was an essential part of Maury York’s relationship with his daughter.

“I started coming here in the early 1990s with my daughter,” York said. “I’d put her on the back of my bicycle and come down after work to have the best time. The playground equipment has changed since then.”

The attraction York says the park once was, has become an afterthought for some.

Greenville Recreation and Parks Director Don Octigan says improving the park is a top priority as it ranked second on the city’s Recreation and Parks Master Plan for 2023.

“When this project was identified as number two, it didn’t really surprise us because there are a lot of improvements that can happen,” Octigan said.

Octigan says they recognize the need for better playground equipment and overall accessibility with the park being built in 1996.

A public input meeting was held Thursday at the park for residents to express what kind of improvements they would like to see.

The main request is for the park to become handicap accessible, which Octigan agrees with.

“Adding sidewalks to the shelter and playground,” Octigan said. “All the amenities will be accessible. We’re also looking at one or two handicapped spots.”

Octigan says city staff is putting together an application for the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation’s Accessible Parks Grant.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to improve the park and put it back on the map,” Octigan said.

Octigan says they’ll go before the city council at next Thursday’s meeting for approval to apply for the grant that is about $500,000.

Octigan also says a multisports court is among several amenities being considered for the park revamp.