Multi-use park proposed for Baum tract

By on July 2, 2013

Run Hill State Natural Area is along the southern boundary. (Rob Morris)

Run Hill is along the southern boundary. (Rob Morris)

A disc golf course, walking trails, a campground and a kayak launch are among the ideas in the mix for the remaining 44 acres of the Baum tract owned by the town of Kill Devil Hills.

A committee appointed by the Board of Commissioners to look at uses for the land west of the First Flight schools complex has offered a list of proposals, all considered “low impact.”

About 22 acres are usable in the area bounded by Buzzards Bay, Run Hill State Natural Area and the Bermuda Bay community.

Commissioner Mike Hogan, a member of the committee, said at last week’s board meeting that the Boy Scouts had expressed an interest in creating a camping area, and a local troop had offered to help clear the site, which is mostly wooded.

Commissioner Mike Hogan.

Commissioner Mike Hogan.

“It’d be a very light footprint,” he said. “There’s nothing that would be built, no cabins or anything like that. There’s just going to be a fire pit and a separate area where they can have their organized gatherings.”

The list of ideas also included a town gathering park with a pavilion, rest rooms and a parking lot. A fenced-in dog park that could be dismantled for other uses was also listed as a possibility.

Colington Harbour resident Lin Logan and her husband have offered to donate $15,000 for the disc golf course in honor of their son.

“One of the reasons, obviously, we’d like to find a memorial for our son, and he loved playing disc golf,” Logan told the board. “But it’s something young people can do for free.”

The green area in the center is the Baum tract, bounded by sandy Run Hill to the right. (Dare Count GIS)

The green area in the center is the tract, bounded by Run Hill and First Flight High School to the right. (Dare County GIS)

Shaded areas suggest possible uses. (Town of Kill Devil Hills)

Shaded areas suggest possible uses. (Town of Kill Devil Hills)

In 1983, one-time Mayor Diane Baum St. Clair partially donated and sold at a fraction of its value 322 acres that would become the sites of Town Hall, The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and the First Flight schools.

“it’s going to take time and it’s going to take some funds to do it,” Hogan said. “I would like to see it move forward — at least commit to doing it.”

Board members agreed with Commissioner Bill Pitt to revisit the concepts in September after basic parameters are established, then develop a specific plan and timetable by the end of the year.

“I’m not sure we want to do all of these things,” Pitt said. “But let’s start pricing it so that we can make some decisions.”

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July 11, 2013 11:47 am

I am very excited about a disc golf course! Have been waiting many years for this. I am also thrilled to think that KDH will have a location for events as well!


July 5, 2013 1:40 pm

Have to agree with “Ray”
Nothing wrong with empty, as in undeveloped land.


July 3, 2013 4:51 pm

A Disc Golf Course in this area would be great & it can be played year round & not just in the summer. It’s free, it’s fun for the entire family, & I think it’s a great idea & a nice memorial to the Logan’s son.


July 3, 2013 12:39 pm

A Disc Golf Course would be a GREAT addition to our community. There are a lot of locals who play and have to travel to VA or Greenville to play now. It’s low impact, low cost, and would be the only course around. Not only great for the locals, if designed well it would draw disc golfers from around the region to travel, play, and spend some money w/ local businesses. It’s a void that has been missing here for some time.


July 3, 2013 12:10 pm

Disc golf would be a perfect fit, and tribute.


July 3, 2013 11:01 am

I think it’s all a mater of perspective. I’m sure the Logans funding a memorial to their son is a worthwhile idea to them. I think some residense might consider an outdoor youth campsite to have some value to the community. Some may even enjoy a place to launch their kayaks that they don’t have to compete with power boats for space. I think the neighbors might think that using the property in a way that is low impact and relatively green would be a bonus. All in how you look at it. I think Diane would have approved.


July 3, 2013 9:54 am

This is one of the best ideas the OBX has had in some time now!

Under the Bar

July 3, 2013 9:03 am

The Pavilion is the best idea. With how big the wedding industry is around the OBX, that would only add to it with another venue. The rest of the ideas are pretty worthless. Disc golf, kayaking, would be during the summer and that’s about it. Even though much wouldn’t go into it, blocking off areas for designated activities that are only a few months out of the year isn’t getting the most out of it.


July 3, 2013 9:00 am

Yep, that’s right, develop every single foot of the Outer Banks you can..if not rental cottages, then more parks, whatever. What’s wrong with green space?? The northern beach town do not need more parks. We already have more per capita than most towns and plenty of natural recreation spaces, ocean, sound and yes, “woods” for young people to use. Geeish!!


July 3, 2013 8:43 am

I can’t wait to throw some discs so close to home, it will beat driving up to VA Beach. I just hope they get someone who knows how to design a good course and not just stick pins and pads in the ground. A badly designed course is worse than no course at all, just look at the course at Elizabeth city, not worth the drive, total waste of space and money.


July 3, 2013 7:50 am

Great idea!


July 3, 2013 6:06 am

Good for the Scouts! Service projects build character.

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