Anne B. McCrary, a Wilmington-born scientist who loved nature and was a former chairman of the biology and marine biology department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, earned her a city park named in her honor --- Anne B. McCrary Park, a 42-acre city facility off Randall Parkway, dedicated on April 17, 1993 and finished in 1999 and was engineered to be environmentally friendly.
The Gary Shell-Cross City trails (that runs throughout the Wilmington area) gives park visitors a safe and easy access to a paved 1.5 mile pathway to walk the dog as well as others to run and bike. Various other features of the park includes eco-friendly features such as constructed wetland, rain barrels for collection, a bio swale, a bio filter basin, and a pet waste depository. Thoughout the park are various signs detailing these features to describe what they are, what they are used for, and how they are helping the environment.
Hours of Operation: Sunup-Sunset
- Cooking Grill
- Two Picnic Shelters
- Wooden Pier Overlooking Pond
- 1.5 Mile Paved Trail Pathway (Gary Shell-Cross City Trail)
- Entry point for small boats (kayaks and canoes)
- Dog Poop Bag Dispenser
'JOLLY' RUFUS BARKING REVIEW:
This park/trail was a two parter for me. First, had a wide open grassy area for me to gallop around, a nice little wooden bridge for me to walk on (and I even spied several turtles swimming away in the pond at the end of the bridge!). It wasn't that big of an area - just being around .3 miles for my human to walk me. But he then took me down a paved pathway (1.5 miles both ways total) which at first was not that exciting as it was completely open and next to a semi-busy street (but I was safe as there was plenty of room between me, the path and those fast moving metal things with open square areas that I love to hang my head out and feel the breeze:). BUT as we walked down the straight path, it started to curve back and forth around gently covered tree and bush lined path with a metal bridge, pretty flowers and a cool looking large water flowing 'fountain' (but was blocked off so couldn't drink:( I saw several ducks, the fore-mentioned turtles and even a crane and heard several frogs! All-in-all nice excursion with the park and the curvy part of trail (which ended in a neighborhood for me to turn around in to walk back to the park and then back into my human's metal thing for a breezy and tongue hanging out ride home!).
4000 Randall Pkwy., Wilmington, NC, 28403