Belmont just opened their new Kevin Loftin Riverside Park, a 10-acre park that includes picnic shelters, a canoe and kayak launch, an amphitheater, and a one-of-a-kind natural wood textured playground that was build to look like an epic tree fort.
The $2.5 million park can be reserved for private events or parties and includes an incredibly peaceful fishing pier:
The construction of the park went over-budget by about $160,000, due to having to reroute a sewage line, remove soil contaminated with kerosene, and buying new material to fill in the site. They were able to recoup much of that cost from Duke Energy.
The new park currently only has 35 parking spaces, but the city has prepared overflow parking at the public works building across Catawba Street, as well as by the cove closest to the Wilkinson Boulevard bridge, connected by a gravel path.
The town is still finishing up construction on the last section of the park, which will include a public boat launch and a second fishing pier, they are hoping to have it open within the next 2 months.