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We hope the Friends Project Page will help keep our Friends Groups up-to-date on the project status, including what we already accomplished, the current phase, and what is on the horizon.

The Friends of Carolina Beach Parks and Greenways, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, was founded in 2022 to support the Town of Carolina Beach in providing programs and facilities to promote the social, cultural and recreational well-being of all residents and visitors of Carolina Beach. The friends board is actively working on fundraising for various park projects that are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list and we encourage anyone with additional ideas to reach out to the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department.  

If you have ideas or are willing to setup a fundraising event for any of the below projects, please reach out!  We are always open to look into fundraising opportunities to push these projects forward!

Skate Park Expansion

One of the most used amenities at Mike Chappell Park is the skate park and the Friends of Carolina Beach Parks and Greenways is actively working on fundraising for expansion of the park.  Many residents have reached out to the Parks and Recreation Department to look into the possibility of expansion of the park. With the desire to see the park expanded the Parks and Recreation Department is working with Artisan Skateparks to create a master plan for expansion of the park. 

Dog Park

The off-leash dog park at Mike Chappell park offers dogs (and their people) a safe place to socialize, exercise, and play. As the only year-round off-leash dog space in Carolina Beach, the dog park serves residents and visitors alike. Thanks to a joint initiative between Friends of the Carolina Beach Dog Park and the Parks & Recreation Department, the dog park saw massive improvements in 2021

CB Tree Project

The goal of the tree project is to continue to plant trees across Carolina Beach so that we continue to improve our outdoor spaces day by day, year by year. 

Wish List

Freeman Park

Residents and visitors have long enjoyed the beach area now known as Freeman Park. In fact, the area has become one of Carolina Beach's major attractions as it is one of the only beaches in NC that you can drive your 4X4 vehicle on. 

The Town of Carolina Beach is working on closing the purchase of Freeman Park.  In the meantime the town Project Manager is actively looking into grant for Freeman Park and a master plan for the park will be forthcoming.  

Wish list items: TBD

Mike Chappell Park

Mike Chappell Park is a 10-acre park has something for everyone in the family, even Fido. Mike Chappell Park is equipped with two tennis courts, 1 basketball court, 1 youth basketball area, playground equipment, dog park, baseball and softball fields, soccer field and skate park.  Hours of operation are from Dusk until 11:00 pm seven days a week.  The park is bounded by Sumter Avenue and Clarendon Boulevard.

Wish List:

  • Dog Park amenities

  • Pour in place rubber surfacing for the playground

  • Picnic tables and benches

  • Safety netting for entire side of Dow Road to prevent balls from flying into the road

  • Commercial grade hammocks such as the ones found in the River Lights

Bill McDonald Park

Bill McDonald Park is a small neighborhood pocket park located at 308 Lumberton Avenue.  The park has a paved slab with gazebo, picnic table, and grill.  The park also has a bench, playground equipment, walkway, and water fountain.

Carolina Beach Lake

Carolina Beach Lake was once noted in the Guiness Book of World Records as  being the freshwater lake closest to salt water. It is a great place for a  picnic and the site of Pleasure Island’s “Light Up The Lake” celebration  during the holiday season. This 11-acre lake offers 4 gazebos, restrooms, sheltered  picnic area and playground equipment

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