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City of New Bern

Martin Marietta Park Master Plan and Environmental Services

The Martin Marietta Park in the City of New Bern, North Carolina, was a land donation by the Martin Marietta Corporation. Martin Marietta’s donation coincided with the City’s vision to create a regional park with multiple recreational opportunities and the potential of an outdoor amphitheater capable of hosting entertainment and performances. The property consists of approximately 888 acres of land and lakes. The City of New Bern hired McGill to develop a master plan outlining multi-recreational and cultural opportunities, as well as a proposed amphitheater. Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2021.

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The Challenge

This property was formerly used as a rock quarry. Located on the Neuse River and approximately two miles from downtown New Bern, the site was largely undeveloped, with the exception of an existing paved entry drive and a graded perimeter road consisting of crushed stone and sand. The site consists largely of lakes with one main peninsular land mass and perimeter lands.

Our Solution

Based on the results of community meetings and a robust community survey, McGill created a design that offers a variety of activities compatible with both active and passive recreation, while also providing an adventure tourism element and a venue for special events, such as concerts and performing arts.

Beyond design, McGill provided stormwater and environmental permitting for Phase 1 and future planned park enhancements. Permitting included wetland delineations, assessment of impacts to waters of the United States (WOTUS), Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) coordination, and documentation of total built-upon area.

The Results

The main area of the park consists of approximately 70 acres and offers a number of both active and passive recreational activities and visitor parking. The main attraction being the lakes, a number of water-based amenities were planned, including canoe and kayak launches, sailboat rentals, fishing, and birding accommodations.

Traditional park facilities were designed with an outdoor adventure theme in mind, such as parking, restrooms, concessions, an adventure playground, and picnic shelters. The amphitheater was designed to initially accommodate seating for 5,000 patrons with space for expansion. Other park amenities will include a ropes course, skate park, zip lines, a lookout and observation deck, and a vast network of walking and biking trails. Tent and treehouse camping areas, wildlife viewing platforms, and shelters were designed for outlying areas of the property.

“Working with the City of New Bern on the Martin Marietta Park project was a pleasure. The site is vast and offers good water-based recreation opportunities and trails. The master planning involved a great deal of public input, and the final plan reflects the desires of City residents.”

  • Jim Ford


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McGill created the site layout for the City of New Bern, which shows the overall plan for Martin Marietta Park. It is the newest and largest park owned by the City and is a attractive destination for many in the region.



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Grant Funding

Project Services Included:

  • Site-specific master planning
  • Environmental permitting
  • PARTF funding assistance
  • Stormwater permitting
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