News / Natalie Carmen, PE, and Spectrum News Tour Wilmington’s Forthcoming North Waterfront Park

January 5th / 2021


Natalie Carmen, PE, and Spectrum News Tour Wilmington’s Forthcoming North Waterfront Park

Stewart Civil Engineer Natalie Carmen, PE, spoke with Spectrum News about the currently under-construction North Waterfront Park, a new, seven-acre destination park on the Wilmington, NC, riverfront.

Carmen played a key role as the park’s stormwater designer. “One of the strongest tools in design is the visual … presented to the public, and the ability to present it [so] its beauty and function will get people excited about the ecology of their region,” she says.

Stewart is collaborating with HargreavesJones to design the North Waterfront Park. The dynamic, urban park will learn from the city’s history to create a place for future generations to enjoy concerts, festivals, and walks along the riverfront. The park’s diverse program will feature stormwater gardens, event lawns, a performance venue, spraygrounds, and many other elements to create a new recreational space for Wilmington.

The North Waterfront Park project achieved verification through the WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) program, making it the tenth WEDG®-verified project and the first project outside New York City to meet the standard for excellence in waterfront design. WEDG® verification is the gold standard for resilient, ecologically sound, and accessible waterfront design.

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