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Volunteers help build new park in Creedmoor

City staff and community volunteers gathered Sept. 7 to build a brand new recreation facility in one of Creedmoor’s oldest established neighborhoods.

With a more direct focus being put on recreation in Creedmoor following the establishment of an official Parks and Recreation Department in 2012, Pecan Hill is now home to Creedmoor’s newest park, Harris Park, named after the Rev. Robert J. Harris, who still resides in Pecan Hill.

The primary tasks for the volunteers were the landscaping beds and the construction of the playset. Parks and Recreation Director Scottie K. Cornett and Recreation assistant Lara Jenkins worked with Coley Bunch Nursery in Stem to design planting beds for the volunteers to prepare and plant. City Code and Playground Inspector Steve Colenda and Granville County Commissioner Tim Karan organized the construction of the playset.

City Commissioners John Stallings and Otha Piper were also on hand with approximately 50 volunteers to help with the day’s tasks.

The park will feature a playset intended for children ages 5 to 12, a picnic shelter available for rent, a horseshoe pit, benches, picnic tables, lighting, parking and open space in which kids can run and play.

Harris Park will officially be open after a ribbon cutting that will be announced as city crews make the final touches to the landscaping and play areas.

This project is being funded by the city of Creedmoor and the Granville County Tourism Development Authority. From staff reports

Creedmoor pledges $15,000 to buy Jordan Tract

The city of Creedmoor has pledged $15,000 toward the purchase of a 215-acre tract of undeveloped land. Known as the Jordan Tract, this land sits upstream of Lake Rogers, 3 miles away from a previous acquisition project aimed toward protecting the Lake Rogers Watershed. The current acquisition project, which will cost $733,000, is being pursued by the Tar River Land Conservancy. After requesting and receiving matching funds from various agencies, Granville County and Creedmoor worked together to contribute $35,000 toward the acquisition.

This conservation project not only supports the goals of the Tar River Land Conservancy, it furthers the Creedmoor’s public policy goals of preserving the natural resources of southern Granville County, and will provide a substantial benefit to Lake Rogers and its visitors. From staff reports

MPI raises $2,500 for multiple sclerosis

Media Partners Inc. of Raleigh went further than it has ever gone before, and it wasn’t the cycling miles that mattered during the 25th annual Historic New Bern MS Bike Ride.

While participants were encouraged to raise a minimum of $300 for MS, MPI asked for pledges with a goal of raising $2,100 to support their team of seven riders. In the end, MPI raised the most it has ever collected, taking in more than $2,500.

“This is our third year participating as a team for a charity that is important to us,” MPI partner Nancy Bono said.

This year’s Historic New Bern Ride, which was based in Union Point Park, had a goal of raising $1.8 million for multiple sclerosis research. To date MS has confirmed 2,559 participants and volunteers with $1.3 million in funds raised. Donations are still being collected throughout this month, and all indications point to surpassing the $1.8 million goal. From staff reports

New post office branch open seven days a week

A new contract post office with virtually all postal services is now open in Raleigh. Carlie C’s IGA of Wilders Grove Contract Postal Unit, located at 4111 New Bern Ave., will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“This office will help to increase convenience and access to postal services for customers unable to travel to the main post office,” said Linda Strong, Acting Postmaster, Raleigh.

The U.S. Postal Service has re-engineered the entire CPU to better answer the needs of postal customers nationwide. The CPU can be reached at 919-250-9052. From staff reports

Sewage spills into creek upstream of Shelley Lake

Nearly 65,000 gallons of sewage spilled into an unnamed creek upstream of Shelley Lake in North Raleigh this week, after erosion caused a pipe to fail, according to city officials.

The spill, behind a house on Bayberry Lane, was reported at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. City officials say it was stopped by 9 p.m. and that repair and cleanup work continued through Thursday.

The pipe had been leaking for an estimated 72 hours before it was discovered.

The city said no fish were killed as a result of the spill and that none of the sewage made it to Shelley Lake. From staff reports