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Havelock city leaders vote yes to seek a grant for a new recreation park

By Jamie Hicks
Published On: Jan 28 2013 11:32:43 PM CST

On Monday Havelock city leaders voted 4 to 1 to seek a half million-dollar grant for a new recreation complex.

The recreational park would be located on Lewis Farm Road near Carolina Pines.    

But some residents feel this 47-acre park could do more harm than good by increasing traffic.

"I know that Havelock has a need for a sports park, i just don't feel like this is a prime ideal location for that," said Edward Lloyd owner of Caballo Stables off Lewis Farm Road.

Lloyd has owned Caballo Stables since 2004 and believes this recreational park will bring unneeded traffic and a threat to the horses.

"People like coming out here and enjoying quiet time with their horses and experiencing a country setting just outside of town,” said Lloyd.

Clint Jones is a Havelock citizen and feels a sports park is exactly what this land needs.

“If we’re going to acquire a new piece of property for our teens and our youth to go hang out, play football or basketball and to be out of trouble well then let’s do it,” said Jones.

Now that commissioners have voted 4 to 1 in favor of the grant application, all city officials can do now is wait to see what the next move will be.

The city would still need to come up with $75,000 to help create this park if the grant is approved.

While the city has voted to apply for the grant, it does not necessarily mean it will be awarded.