FOR THOSE THAT are regular readers of the Island Review, you may remember that I have written a few columns about the Town of Atlantic Beach’s plans to provide more family entertainment through improvements at our town park. The planning for these improvements started a few years ago with a survey that was sent out to citizens and visitors alike. Based on the survey results, we designed a master plan of the park that incorporated the elements that were most popular. We built some of these items a couple years ago and have a lot of construction going on at the park right now.
Our hope is to have the next big improvements – consisting of miniature golf and a skateboard park, as well as bathroom and concession facilities – open later this coming summer. There will be more improvements to come in the future, but the two elements we are currently building will make a huge improvement in the amount of family entertainment in Atlantic Beach.
As word has spread about our park improvements, the town council and I have been approached by individuals and businesses who would like to contribute to the cost of the project. These generous offers reinforce how important these items are to our town and the widespread community support they have generated. Very significant donations to the skatepark from groups like Minges Bottling Group/Pepsi and the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament have done much to move that project forward. But, there are many others who have asked if there is something they can do, such as sponsor a park bench in memory of a loved one.
In response to these requests for donation opportunities, we have developed a list of sponsorship opportunities across a wide range of donation levels. From park benches, to new live oak trees that will be planted on the site, to naming rights of miniature golf holes, we have options for memorial or promotional options that will help with the park project and are fully tax deductible.
Whether it is in response to a natural disaster or in support of community events, such as our beach music festival, I am always overwhelmed by the willingness of our citizens and our businesses to support our community. Your town council and town staff run a tight ship here in Atlantic Beach. We are fiscally conservative and always work to keep expenses, and in turn, taxes as low as possible. So, when it comes to special projects such as the town park, we rely heavily on grant funding and donations. Increasing family entertainment in Atlantic Beach has been a priority of the town for several years and this year we are making major strides to solving this problem. And, we are doing it the right way with well-designed and well-built improvements to our park that will serve kids and adults alike for years to come.
If you are interested in helping with the park, you can find out more about our fund raising program by visiting our town website at www.atlanticbeach-nc.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.