ONLINE UPDATE: Wrightsville Beach Foundation lends hands

by Kelly Corbett
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Wrightsville Beach Foundation is adding to its list of events with a Sunday workday to spruce up areas around Wrightsville Beach.

On Sunday, April 21, foundation members and volunteers will gather for “Hands on Wrightsville Beach” to transplant drought-resistant plants from and to beach areas, pull weeds and lay mulch.

President Lisa Weeks and Treasurer Linda Brown came up with the idea while brainstorming about the foundation.

“We’ve always talked about, ever since we had the Taste [of Wrightsville Beach] last fall, that those funds would go toward beautification,” Brown said.

With spring arriving, she said they wanted to involve residents and others on the beach to come out and help support the foundation with town beautification efforts.

“The town is going to supply the mulch for the different areas that we identify,” Brown said. “We’re trying to use plants that are in other areas that are crowded and move them around as we need them. Basically, we will be working on Wynn Plaza, so it needs more clean out than it does replacements.”

Volunteers will meet at the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla office in the Town of Wrightsville Beach complex at 1 p.m. before dispersing to the different areas, including Wynn Plaza, the sides of the event stage in Wrightsville Beach Park, the water tower on Parmele Boulevard and the downtown area near Lagerheads and King Neptune.

“We can’t get it all done that Sunday, the 21st, so we will probably plan another work day after we see how far we’ve gotten,” Brown said.

The foundation, which currently has about 16 members, is conducting a membership drive in hopes to get 100 members to support upcoming efforts.

In addition to holding a 2nd Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach in November, the foundation is working on putting benches at the Wrightsville Beach Park tennis courts and planning a race from Johnnie Mercer’s Pier to Crystal Pier and back on May 4.

“We’re working on some ideas for the downtown — not ready to reveal those yet — but we do have some architects and planners working on some ideas for us for the downtown area,” Brown said.

Refreshments will be provided for “Hands on Wrightsville Beach.” If possible, bring trimmers, shovels and rakes. The town will supply some tools and support along with mulch.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Brown at 910-620-0281 or


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