The construction crew is installing the concrete walkway for the Riverwalk. Today the crews poured and finished 60 +/- yards of concrete. This portion of sidewalk is proposed for a completion date of late September.
A new Port City Daily article discusses the Riverwalk extension project alongside the Port City Marina.
“In one project to begin this month, at a cost of $5.53 million, the city will build a concrete walkway to run along a private marina in development just north of the Wilmington Convention Center, where the Riverwalk currently terminates. The completion estimate is early 2014.”
“Immediately north of there is a $2.22 million plan for 1,100 feet of pile-supported timber boardwalk connecting with the marina walkway. It would run to the existing section of Riverwalk at Cowan Street that extends all the way to the Isabel Holmes Bridge. Construction is set for this fall toward a 2014 completion.”
You can read the full article here.
Thank you all for the overwhelming amount of interest and support for the Port City Marina. We are more excited than ever to get this project completed and open for the public to enjoy. Our goal is to create a top-notch product for both locals and tourists to enjoy in downtown Wilmington area and we are confident the Port City Marina will be well worth the wait.
The Port City Marina project has endured many unforeseen conditions including construction delays, permitting issues, and some of the wettest weather in eastern North Carolina history. Even with these delays our construction crews have made significant progress. Many of you have asked for updates on the construction progress, which are included below.
Construction Progress to date:
- Completed dredging the marina basin
- Completed installation of the entire marina bulkhead with concrete cap
- Completed installation of utilities for the marina
- Currently working on railing system installation (expected to be complete in the next couple weeks)
- Preparing the site to pour the concrete Riverwalk (expected to be complete in late September). This includes a stretch of 750 feet labeled the “Art Walk” featuring pedestrian art installations by local artists.
Concrete Dock Manufacturing:
After an exclusive and lengthy search process, we have chosen a very qualified experienced dock system manufacturer, ProFloat, to construct the concrete floating docks. They have started on dock construction at their warehouse in Baltimore, Maryland and we expect to have the first phase of docks in the next few months. With that said, our initial opening date of Fall 2013 is unfortunately unattainable. Rest assured we are working diligently to get the Port City Marina completed for early 2014.
Cape Fear Blues Festival
Wilmington’s annual celebration of blues music, The Cape Fear Blues Festival, is an event featuring local, regional and national performers. The three-day all-blues celebration includes live concerts, a blues workshop, an all-day blues jam, and the ever popular ‘Blues Cruise’ aboard the Henrietta III riverboat.
When: This year’s festival will be July 26th-28th
Where: Wilmington’s premier blues music venues, the Rusty Nail Saloon (1310 S. 5th Street) and Ziggy’s by the Sea (208 Market St.), will host the Festival. Other various events are held in different locations throughout Wilmington; mostly located in the historic downtown area. See the schedule below for specific locations.
Friday, July 26
- Cape Fear Blues Cruise on Henrietta III featuring Russ Wilson & His Mighty Mighty Men, The Rusted Rails, & Mojo Collins on board at 7:30; plus Randy McQuay II on the dock prior to boarding at 5:30. Cruise features 3 bands, 3 decks and 3 cash bars, with heavy appetizers catered by Angie’s. Tickets are $53 per person and can be purchased now at www.capefearblues.org
- Post Cruise Blues Party at The Rusty Nail with Cape Fear Blues Challenge champions Fat Bastard Blues Band. Cover charge applies. Begins around 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 27
- Blues Workshop at Finkelstein Music with local Blues musicians Jake Horton & Vince Stout. They will demonstrate their techniques, talk about their influences and play some blues. Free to public. Info at 910-762-5662. 11 a.m.
- Blues Showcase at The Rusty Nail. Outdoor event featuring local and regional players. 4 p.m.
- Saturday Night Blues Party at Ziggy’s with James Armstrong and special guest Mojo Collin. 9 p.m. Advance tickets available now at Ziggy’s by the Sea.
- Live Blues at 9 p.m. at The Rusty Nail featuring Brett Johnson’s Blues Revue. Cover charge applies.
Sunday, July 28
- Free All-Day Blues Jam under the tent at The Rusty Nail hosted by the Cape Fear Blues Society. Beverages and food will be available for sale all day. Free to public.
For more details about the Cape Fear Blues Festival, including tickets, times and locations, visit the festival website at www.capefearblues.org or call 910-350-8822.
Port City Marina and Historic Wilmington was featured in a recent article by Marinalife. You can read the full article on the Marinalife website. Thank you to Barbara, Angelica and the rest of the Marinalife team!