Big changes coming to Atlantic Beach, including a skate park, mini golf and boardwalk additions

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – Visitors and those who live in Atlantic Beach can expect to see big changes in the coming years.

Atlantic beach town councilmen talked about two big projects coming to Atlantic beach in the next two years.

The Town Mayor says they’ll make the beach town more family oriented.

“Well we’re a beach town, and parks and rec for us looks different than it does if you’re inland, we don’t need soccer fields and baseball diamonds, there are plenty of those nearby. What we need in a beach town are the recreational things that people expect in a beach town,” said Mayor Trace Cooper.

After a 2015 survey, community members said they’d most like to see a skate board park and mini golf course come to the town which will be located at the Atlantic Beach Town Park.

“Right now we have a park there, a little splash pad, a play area. We just tore down the old Food Lion building that was there and our goal is before June to have a good sized skateboard park, probably one of the biggest skate parks on the North Carolina coast, as well as 18 holes of putt-putt golf,” said Cooper.

The golf course will cost the town about 225 thousand dollars and the skateboard park will cost another 550 thousand dollars.

“There’s no other skate park in Carteret County so it’s something that’s not just for Atlantic Beach and visitors here, but for residents and visitors to all of Carteret County.”

Cooper says the new additions will be family-friendly and bring in more money for the town.

And, that’s not all that’s coming. The town council will also be approving another project for the enhancement of the Atlantic Beach boardwalk, known to many as “The Circle.”

“We’re in the early stages of that but we plan to refurbish our boardwalk, hopefully add in a permanent stage there that will serve as the location for our beach music festival and other events,” said Cooper.

Some other additions to the boardwalk include adding showers, a pavilion and shops throughout the circle.

“A lot of the things that families come to Atlantic Beach for will be enhanced and will remain a classic family beach town,” said Cooper.

The skate park and mini golf is expected to be complete by June 2016 and changes to the boardwalk are expected to be completed by 2017.

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