Multi-use park proposed for Baum tract

By on July 2, 2013

Run Hill State Natural Area is along the southern boundary. (Rob Morris)

Run Hill is along the southern boundary. (Rob Morris)

A disc golf course, walking trails, a campground and a kayak launch are among the ideas in the mix for the remaining 44 acres of the Baum tract owned by the town of Kill Devil Hills.

A committee appointed by the Board of Commissioners to look at uses for the land west of the First Flight schools complex has offered a list of proposals, all considered “low impact.”

About 22 acres are usable in the area bounded by Buzzards Bay, Run Hill State Natural Area and the Bermuda Bay community.

Commissioner Mike Hogan, a member of the committee, said at last week’s board meeting that the Boy Scouts had expressed an interest in creating a camping area, and a local troop had offered to help clear the site, which is mostly wooded.

Commissioner Mike Hogan.

Commissioner Mike Hogan.

“It’d be a very light footprint,” he said. “There’s nothing that would be built, no cabins or anything like that. There’s just going to be a fire pit and a separate area where they can have their organized gatherings.”

The list of ideas also included a town gathering park with a pavilion, rest rooms and a parking lot. A fenced-in dog park that could be dismantled for other uses was also listed as a possibility.

Colington Harbour resident Lin Logan and her husband have offered to donate $15,000 for the disc golf course in honor of their son.

“One of the reasons, obviously, we’d like to find a memorial for our son, and he loved playing disc golf,” Logan told the board. “But it’s something young people can do for free.”

The green area in the center is the Baum tract, bounded by sandy Run Hill to the right. (Dare Count GIS)

The green area in the center is the tract, bounded by Run Hill and First Flight High School to the right. (Dare County GIS)

Shaded areas suggest possible uses. (Town of Kill Devil Hills)

Shaded areas suggest possible uses. (Town of Kill Devil Hills)

In 1983, one-time Mayor Diane Baum St. Clair partially donated and sold at a fraction of its value 322 acres that would become the sites of Town Hall, The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and the First Flight schools.

“it’s going to take time and it’s going to take some funds to do it,” Hogan said. “I would like to see it move forward — at least commit to doing it.”

Board members agreed with Commissioner Bill Pitt to revisit the concepts in September after basic parameters are established, then develop a specific plan and timetable by the end of the year.

“I’m not sure we want to do all of these things,” Pitt said. “But let’s start pricing it so that we can make some decisions.”

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