Renovations to Washington Boating Access Area Complete
WASHINGTON, N.C. (March 26, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations on the Haven’s Garden Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.
The site, located at the intersection of N.C. 32 and Runyon Creek, will be maintained by the city of Washington. The Commission replaced its two-lane ramp, and installed a floating dock to replace an old fixed dock. In addition, an auxiliary dock was replaced with a sturdier dock.
The Commission also replaced off-road grass parking with a new, 17-space paved lot with an ADA-accessible site and a paved walkway. The renovations were paid for through revenue from motorboat registration receipts.
Runyon Creek feeds into the Pamlico River.
“This site is very popular with boaters,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This partnership with the city of Washington will allow us to operate the site free to the public for the next 50 years.”
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Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.
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I attended the planning meeting for this and got to give some first hand opinions on this plan. It looks good for the limited space they have to work with and it will not be such a mudhole anymore. They added some new play equipment across the road too in Havens Gardens playground. There is a kayak/bike shop right there at the ramp that rents also and a grill/pub.