SNEADS FERRY, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Onslow County have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Sneads Ferry Boating Access Area.
The ceremony is scheduled for 11a.m. on Sept. 21 at the boating access area, which is located at 302 Fulchers Landing Road in Sneads Ferry. The new access area, which has been open to boaters since June, allows boaters to launch onto the New River.
The 1.8-acre boating access area has two launch lanes, along with three floating docks. The paved main parking lot and gravel overflow parking area feature 37 vehicle-trailer spaces and 11single-car spaces, including three handicapped-accessible parking spaces.
The joint ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the culmination of a two-phase renovation project involving a partnership between the Onslow County Board of Commissioners and the Wildlife Commission. Phase one included removal of underground storage tanks and contaminated soils, as well as demolition of existing buildings. In the second phase, Wildlife Commission engineers and construction crews built and installed the new boating access area infrastructure.
Total cost of the Sneads Ferry Boating Access Area project was $2.68 million. Onslow County received a Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) grant of $2,013,500 to purchase the property for the state. The Wildlife Commission received a $40,000 WAMI grant and motorboat registration receipts for construction costs.
A high-resolution photograph to accompany the news release is available here.