Meekins Field upgrade to be completed in mid-2023

By on November 10, 2022

Meekins Fields as it looks today.

Enhancements and improvements to the Meekins Field Community Park in Kill Devil Hills are underway and expected to be complete by late spring or early summer, according to Kill Devil Hills Commissioner Terry Gray. The park, when complete, will feature Dare County’s first splash pad — an interactive water play area that features spray elements for young children.

“It’s coming along nicely,” Gray told the Voice, although he noted, that there have been some delays due to back orders in equipment and other challenges. “But the town has done an excellent job putting it together, and it’s going to be fantastic when done,” he said.

The roughly $888,000 project is being partially funded by an Outer Visitors Bureau Tourism Impact Grant of $200,000, which was awarded to the municipality in December 2020.

Along with the splash pad, the park will feature a double picnic shelter with restrooms and a third picnic shelter, a large playground area, an art wall, two newly resurfaced tennis courts with one also fitted for pickleball, a sidewalk/exercise track around the entire facility, fountains and benches throughout the park as well as new fencing and irrigation. It will also include new and improved parking areas.

Gray said the staff has played a key role in the work being done at the park, including the installation of the irrigation system and fencing. “There is a lot of incidental work going on by staff, and that has been a blessing and saves us money,” he said.

The vision for the park was a result of recommendations made by the town’s West Side Recreation group. “It was a coming together of citizens in the town who had a vision of what we needed to do with our recreational facilities,” Gray said, adding that the town was extremely thankful to the Meekins family for the donation of land as we as the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for the grant.

The bureau “has been such a player in helping us provide these facilities for our residents,” he concluded.






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