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West Entrance Open

The west entrance gate is open and will close the weekend of October 19-20, 2024.

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Ocean Regional Access Parking—Free Passes Available

Paid parking began on April 15 at the Eastern and Western Ocean Regional accesses, and two free parking permits are available for Emerald Isle taxpayers. These parking permits will be granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer and are non-transferable.

 

Parking pass applications are available online, or you may stop by the Police Department at 7500 Emerald Drive to apply in person. You will need a current vehicle registration and driver’s license when applying for your permit. If you have questions, please call EIPD at 252-354-2021.

 

The permit decal must be for the current year and be permanently affixed to the driver’s side windshield. Paid parking will range from $2-$4 per hour, with a maximum amount paid up to four hours.

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Shelter Reservations

Residents may reserve the picnic shelter for gatherings by making a request through the Contact  page on our website. 

2024 Reservations

Dianne Berger - Friday, June 21, all day

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Marsh Renourishment

Our marsh renourishment project was completed on April 25, 2023. Brooks Dredging & Marine Construction added rock sills at the west end of the park. The granite rock consists of two layers of different sized stones with the bottom course wrapped in geotextile that will trap sediment behind the stone sill over time and begin to rebuild the marsh and seagrasses.  Sand can wash over the rock at high tides; however, there is an opening between the rock sills that allows sand to wash in and sea life to swim out.  The marsh should begin to rebuild over time and offer shoreline protection against erosion and constant breaking waves the leads to erosion.

 

At the east end of the park, oyster catchers have been installed where they will naturally rebuild marsh using a patented UNC system installed by Dr. Neils Lindquist, PhD, of Sandbar Oyster Company. The system boosts oysters’ growth due to the oysters attaching to the special coated tables. Eventually these oyster clusters will create a mass that provides shoreline protection and marsh renourishment.  The oyster tables have a sock or log that runs through the center table that traps and retains sediment behind the oyster reefs allowing marsh to rebuild.  An opening between the oyster beds permits sea life to swim in and out, and eventually revitalized seagrasses grow in the newly formed soils. Over time, as oysters attach to the catchers. residents should not remove them, as this would defeat the purpose of the installation.  

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Coyote Notice

Coyotes have been seen in the park in the fall of 2022 and in 2023. In 2021, someone one lost a cat, and in 2022, someone lost a dog. If you see a coyote, do not approach it. Do not let your animals out unless they are leashed. 

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Pervious Stepping Stones or Pavers

To be considered pervious, stepping stones or pavers must be spaced at least two inches apart over a base of ¾ to 1½ inch diameter stone laid at least 3 to 4 inches thick over a pervious material (such as landscape fabric). Pictured here is an example of pervious pavers. Stepping stones or pavers not meeting these criteria will be treated as impervious and will need approval from the Pervious Allocation Committee prior to installation. Payment for the impervious coverage will be required.

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Thanks to Dave Brown for the Little Library!

A big thank you to Dave Brown building and installing a Little Library at the Park entrance.  A Little Library is a free book-sharing box where anyone may take a book and leave a book. You do not have to leave a book to take one.

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Trees Replaced

About 125 trees were planted along Highway 58 and between the Park and Flip Flops, and drip irrigation  lines were added.

 

Please do not cut or trim these trees. Also, please do not walk between the trees as a shortcut to enter or exit the Park. Anyone who damages the trees by cutting, trimming, or walking between them will be held responsible for the cost of replacing them.

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