Nags Head Gets $1 Million for Dowdy Park Project
The former site of Dowdy’s Amusement Park in Nags Head is about to be reborn, as the town has just received $1 million in grant funds to construct what will be now simply known as “Dowdy Park”.
According to our friends at The Outer Banks Sentinel, “The grants, provided by Trillium Health Resources ($750,000) and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau ($250,000), will help pay for the first phase of improvements, including the backbone infrastructure (site prep, parking, stormwater) as well as an events plaza, gazebo and central multi-use turf area, a portion of the fitness trails, and playground spaces.
“Purchased in 2013, with the plan to develop a park for all ages, the five acre property sits conveniently close to year round and seasonal neighborhoods, the YMCA, the Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head Woods, and the Bonnett Street public beach access, at the corner of S. Croatan Highway and Bonnett Street.
“After much public input, a park plan was approved by Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners in March 2015. Features include a centralized green space and gazebo for events, an events plaza to host craft fairs and similar activities, a multi-purpose playing field, sport court, fitness and walking trails, formal and informal children’s play areas, and garden spaces.
“The park is also envisioned to include creative components such as interactive art exhibits, art panels, and rotating art displays.”
You can view an illustration of the proposed plan below, and then give us your thoughts in the comments on the new Dowdy Park!