WMPO: Gullah Geechee Heritage Trail Feasibility Study Public Meetings and Public Input Opportunity


WMPO: Gullah Geechee Heritage Trail Feasibility Study Public Meetings and Public Input Opportunity

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) and the NC Department of Transportation’s Integrated Mobility Division are conducting a feasibility study to identify the best route for the Gullah Geechee Heritage Trail to connect from Phoenix Park in Navassa to the Brunswick County Nature Park on NC-133. This study will bridge the gap between conceptual planning and construction of a trail that will celebrate local cultural heritage, promote sustainable transportation and recreation, and encourage economic development. The study will result in a recommended alignment for the trail and a preliminary sketch of what the trail will look like when constructed.

To determine the recommended trail alignment for the Gullah Geechee Heritage Trail, the public is invited to attend and provide their input at one of three public outreach events. WMPO staff and study partners will be present to discuss the project, answer questions, and gather citizen input that will be utilized to identify the community’s trail preferences and priorities. There are three opportunities to participate in person:

  • Thursday, October 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 at Navassa Community Center
  • Saturday, October 7th from 11:00 – 1:00 at the Fall Festival at Belville Riverwalk Park
  • Wednesday, October 11th from 5:00 – 7:00 at Leland Town Hall

Each of these events will offer the same materials for discussion and citizen input. If unable to attend an in-person event, the public is encouraged to participate online by responding to a brief survey and providing comments on an input map. Please visit https://www.wmpo.org/gullah-geechee-heritage-trail-feasibility-study/ to access these materials. The survey and input map will be available throughout the month of October 2023.

For additional information, please visit the project website or contact Vanessa Lacer, Senior Transportation Planner, at Vanessa.Lacer@wilmingtonnc.gov or 910-341-3234.