On Wednesday, Apr. 10 at 10 a.m., the City of Wilmington will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the $1.425 million Empie Park Improvement Project. The park is located at 3405 Park Avenue.
Improvements include five additional hard tennis courts with LED lighting, 61 new parking spaces, landscaping, sidewalks that connect to the newly completed Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, and connectivity between Wrightsville Avenue and Park Avenue via a second access from Caswell Street.
The improvements began in July 2018 and were funded by the city’s multi-year construction program approved as part of the city’s annual budget. This project was a continuation of the Empie Phase 1 Improvements completed in 2010, which consisted of an additional 10 hard tennis courts with lights, a clubhouse, basketball courts and additional parking spaces.
The Althea Gibson Tennis Complex now has 24 hard courts with lights to allow for more public play and larger scale tournaments and events. It is the largest tennis facility east of I-95 in North Carolina.
Visit http://www.empiepark.com for more information about the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex.