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Story Park


Friends of the Library
NC Sorosis
Library Foundation
Cape Fear Garden Club
Cape Fear Audubon Society

Story Park wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of many groups and individuals. Thank you to:

  • Chris Coudriet and New Hanover County administration who encouraged and supported the project every step of the way
  • Former Library Advisory Board chair, Mary Hatcher, who initiated the effort in 2009 and never gave up on her vision of a park renovation.
  • Our current Library Advisory Board and chair, Paul Smith, whose support was critical to our success
  • NHC Public Library staff, and especially the children’s staff who brought creativity and a passion for literacy to the project
  • New Hanover County Property Management, with special thanks to Director Jerome Fennell, Project Manager Kevin Caison, and Project Coordinator Matt Winkel
  • New Hanover County Parks & Gardens, notably Andy Johnson and Perry Shaw
  • Cooperative Extension & Arboretum
  • Cape Fear Museum staff, who provided advice and experience from their recent park project
  • The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County Planning Departments who participated in the design. The City of Wilmington provided space for our innovative street-side bicycle rack and added benches to 3rd Street.
  • Joe Suleyman, director of New Hanover County Environmental Management, who stepped up to provide trash receptacles

Thank you to our project partners:

  • Brian Starkey, of OBS Landscape Architecture, world’s greatest landscape architect
  • Ben Warren and Tom Bordeaux, owners of Bordeaux Construction Company, world’s greatest general contractor
  • Wescott Butler, Project Manager
  • Jerry Holland, Superintendent
  • Good Earth Landscaping and the world’s greatest landscaper, Tucker Hill
  • Ford Design who created the Story Park butterfly logo

Extensive repairs were required to the library front entrance. The critical infrastructure work was accomplished by:

  • Architect, Matthew Williard
  • Engineer, SKA Engineering
  • Contractor, Bordeaux Construction Company
  • Water proofer, US Waterproofing

Special appreciation is owed to our donors who invested in Story Park to support childhood literacy and environmental education:

  • NHC Library Foundation, who funded interactive musical instruments throughout Story Park
  • Friends of the Library, who assigned Fall 2015 book sale proceeds to Story Park
  • Cape Fear Garden Club, who awarded a grant for native trees
  • Cape Fear Audubon, who supported the planting of native plants
  • North Carolina Sorosis, who helped purchase the encore azaleas along Chestnut Street

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