Smoot Park Revitalization
Town staff held a public input session to receive feedback on possible traffic calming measures on the town’s “grid” streets. The session was presented on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
All stakeholders -including residents of grid streets and neighborhoods adjacent to grid streets, commuters, commercial drivers, pedestrian/cyclists, and anyone with an interest in traffic matters- were encouraged to attend. Those that were unable to attend in person can refer to attachment below and are welcome to send thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
“The town has been wrestling with this issue for more than a year now,” said Town Manager Wilson Hooper. “We’ve collected data from industry sources, trials of measures on our own streets, and local law enforcement. We’ve heard voluntary feedback from residents along the grid. We’re now at the stage where focused input from the users of our grid streets will help inform our next steps.”
Euclid Avenue Trail
This recently completed nature trail measures approximately 1900 feet, starting at the end of Euclid Avenue’s paved portion located near the Skyview properties and terminating at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and E Street. Right of way from E Street to the end of Euclid Avenue is already graveled and can be navigated.
Signage and safety bollards at the entrances will be installed by Town crews. The trail construction cost was $25,000.00. Additional site work including storm-water drainage pipes, bollards and signage was installed by Town staff. The Town requested and has been granted $25,000.00 from the Healthy Wilkes Action Team to fund the construction costs.
Mission of the trail: The Town of North Wilkesboro and the Health Foundation have identified this proposed trail as one of the many needed greenway connections from our residential areas to our parks and downtown. Although the Town has a robust park system and approximately 4.4 miles of greenway, many residents must drive or traverse busy roads in order to access these community green spaces. Health vulnerable groups (such as the elderly, low-income individuals, and those without vehicles) are especially disadvantaged by lack of access/walkability and face greater challenge utilizing the trail system to live an active lifestyle.
919 Main Street Alleyway Improvements
An alleyway that connects the 900 block of Main Street to a public parking lot on the CBD Loop is being revamped. Plans include resetting old pavers, thinning out foliage, installing new benches and two sets of tables and chairs. A power outlet will be added and used for market lighting and public Wi-Fi. Improvements are intended to provide an inviting space with outdoor dining and seating, and a shady spot to relax and gather with friends.
Industrial Park Elevated Water Tank
Construction of an elevated water tank on at the Town's Industrial Park on River Road would support industrial expansion and new development. A Community Block Development Grant (CBDG) grant in the amount of $580,000.00 has been received and will be and added to Golden Leaf funds in the amount of $420,000.00. Additional funds are being sought.
Mulberry Sewer Extension
Wilkes County, in partnership with the Town of North Wilkesboro, is extending a sewer line along Sparta Road from the Town's wastewater collection system to Mulberry Elementary School. The project is needed because the school's existing on-site septic system is failing. The project is being funded with a $1,151,665 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that has been awarded to Wilkes County. The County has agreed to serve as the fiscal agent for the project and oversee construction in consultation with North Wilkesboro, with the Town taking ownership of the new line after construction is complete. High Country Council of Governments is providing grant administration services for the project.
Smoot Park Splash Pad
Currently under construction with an estimated opening date of Spring/ Summer 2022.