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LUMBERTON — The City Council approved a master plan Wednesday for the proposed pocket park to be built in downtown Lumberton.

Approval of the master plan by Council was required before Main Street Lumberton, the board overseeing the ongoing revitalization efforts in downtown Lumberton, can move forward in the next phase of the design process and open the bidding process.

The property, located in an alley way on the 300 block North Elm Street, just steps away from the Carolina Civic Center and the Lumberton Downtown Plaza, was previously donated to the city by Dick and Lenore Taylor.

The proposed design of the pocket park, which will be between murals on the sides of adjacent buildings on either side, includes two sidewalks spanning the length of the park, multiple seating areas and benches, several trees and bushes throughout, and an open area in the center.

“In the center space we’ve left that open as an opportunity to come in with a tent, possibly, to do small group (activities), and really serve as an adjacent property as we go forward with the Carolina Civic Center annex addition,” said Dencie Lambdin, the Main Street Lumberton board chair. “There might be activities that we want to do using the annex and the pocket park together for an event. We’ve purposely left that space open so there’s flexibility in how we can use the park.”

The primary walkway was increased…

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