Moving forward on the new Dowdy Park, the Nags Head Fire Department used the old main arcade building of the original park as a practice controlled burn this month. Smoke could be seen for miles and across the sound. It was considered too expensive to repair so instead it served as training exercise for the firemen as well as saving demolition costs as the town of Nags Head continues to make this area a real park.
The town of Nags Head has included $600,000 in the budget for next year to begin the first phase of the park.
It will include an entryway with a parking area and possibly some sidewalks. A number of grant requests are in the works to help with the cost of the park. The final park will include a gazebo and grassy lawn for performances, a multipurpose sports area, restrooms, a children’s play area, shaded structures, a trail system with fitness stations, seating, game tables, and quiet areas with wetland gardens and storm-water retention.