By Dave Jordan
I had the pleasure of broadcasting live Monday from Union Point Park in New Bern. It was part of our "On The Road" series.
The setting along the Neuse River, with the sun shining down, was a perfect spot to talk about some of the big issues impacting New Bern. One of those is the replacement of the Alfred Cunningham Bridge. We learned construction is ahead of schedule and will likely be open for the city's tri-centennial in 2010.
The new bridge will be able to take visitors to a new tourist destination. Kay Williams, Director of Tryon Palace, detailed some of the exciting plans for the new 50,000 square foot, 60-million dollar North Carolina History Education Center. Groundbreaking is set for this summer with completion in 2010.
The N.C. History Education Center will consist of four major history museum galleries, a performance hall, educational and conference spaces, and a waterfront exhibit and event area. The center will also be a green project as it will filter storm water runoff and recycle it for landscape irrigation, and also use recycled building materials.
It was great to be able to share some of the exciting things going on in New Bern as this historic city prepares for what is shaping up to be quite a celebration in 2010.