ECU Recreational Complex Looking For Donor To Help With Phase 3

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

It's a $7.2 million dollar, 129 acre recreational complex complete with a white sand beach and a nearly 6 acre lake for boating and fishing, but like most newly constructed projects there are a few logistical issues to get around. In a tough economic budget year, how is this new complex possible and on who's dime?

A recreational complex on 129 acres of land off Highway 264 in Greenville is filled with sand volleyball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic areas, a disc golf course, walking/running trails and this plus the Odydessy High Challenge Course.

The course is a team-building, high-wire challenge for East Carolina student groups and staff.

"We wouldn't be able to fit it in our current location out at Blounts. So we need to bring it here. What it does- is provide another great element and other part of the facility where we can use it for team sports, club sports, open recreation, and now for team training as well," said Leadership and Team Training Specialist Eric Gardner.

There's a lake for boating and fishing, but there's no swimming at the beach.

"They really are irrigation ponds quite honestly and at any point and time we could get it safe enough to swim we would like to do that ,but at this point and time, we don't think it's unsafe. We're just not allowing swimming," said Janis Steele with
Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Hopefully ECU will not be swimming in debt. The $6 million phase one was funded in the 1990's. $1.2 million for phase two came from student fees. Which is the reason it's free to students only. That's as long as student fees are being paid.

"We're not going to allow this to fall to the wayside, and hopefully students will be able to use it well into the future," said Steele.

Another obstacle is getting to the complex. Right now, there's no transit out to the site. You have to drive, but that is something they're are working on changing if needed. Campus Rec and Wellness hopes to add another phase to this project--a softball field. They're hoping a donor is willing to help with that phase.


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  • by wake up on Aug 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    This public beach on a college campus in Greenville, where thugs have taken over the city is the stupidest idea I have ever heard and for the powers that be to allow it is ridiculous! I will never go there, who wants to deal with the thugs and drunks! What an unbelievable waste of money. The comedian Engval was right you can't do anything about stupid here's your sign ecu!
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      by Sam on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to wake up
      If Greenville just bulldozes the ghetto and replace it with ECU buildings, hospital buildings, newer and expensive apartment complexes, along with upscale condos and houses for doctors, nurses, professors, and other hospital and university employees to be close, then the thugs will get ran out of town. As far as drunks, that's every college town. Open your mind up about that.
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        by wake up on Aug 8, 2011 at 08:41 AM in reply to Sam
        Once again another ECU person saying other colleges do it! wake up Sam, I have been around alot of campuses and ecu truly is in a party class by themselves, you ecu folks are going to have to wake up about some of the crime and drunken stuff that goes on! because of it I seriously see this beach as DANGEROUS! there are reasons why no other school has a beach, they were smart enough to see a beach idea as stupid!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    Kandi Smith could give lets see about 5 thousand she scammed the city out of. You know you just can not fix stupid.
  • by Tee Location: Greenville on Aug 3, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    7.2 million to fund recreation? What? The cost of tuition is steady rising and they're worrying about recreation? Are you kidding? Pretty soon no one will be able to afford to send their child to college. Why not ask for donations toward scholarships or the funds to allow those who lost their jobs do to the budget cuts to back at work. I simply do not understand what these people are thinking.
  • by New Police Chief on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:21 PM
    They should take some of this spare cash and hire a new police chief. Crime on and around the campus is worse it has ever been. The cops are good people and well trained but lack good leadership. A lot of administrators are just there to see what they can get and if someone else has a good idea then it will either be taken away so credit goes elsewhere or will be ignored. That is why you have people who think multi-million dollar beaches are better than more police equipment, computer labs, technology assistance and things like that. If WITN is serious about news and journalism they would investigate the items raised in the comments here.
  • by justme Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    Nearly 6 acres for boating.....paddle boats or remote control boats??
  • by ECU alumni on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Nice addition for the school.
  • by Alumni on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Well since everyone says their marketing people are cruising these sites trying to make ECU look good... I need a job. Hire me!! I have a marketing degree and I can vouch for ECU!!
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      by Problem Is on Aug 3, 2011 at 12:05 PM in reply to Alumni
      They are not making ECU look good, they are just trying to make certain people look good and deflect valid criticism from people who want the place to be the best it can be. I am amazed that there are people who hold high office there who have said horrible things to low ranking employees in public. I also promise that if a public records request was done for the chancellors email it would make your hair curl. People who have been on the receiving end of some communications or who have got on his bad side live in fear. The old "be thankful you have a job" is getting worn out at ECU, there are favorites and there are those who get shoved off in a corner and treated badly in hopes they will quit. I agree that Ross should come down here and I hear some people have asked for that. They should also start pulling emails and looking at people whose only goal is to protect themself and not make ECU better.
  • by @ Sam and Jim on Aug 3, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    ECU could be a great institution, but not because of a beach and it is unlikely that they will buy up huge pieces of west greenville. And whether this was planned 3 or 30 years ago, smarter minds could have prevailed. Money for computer labs, scholarships, books, safety (so cops would not be left with EMS help if a real emergency happened). Instead we see new Vice Chancellors with bigger car allowances and lots of marketing people, who do very little, trawling sites like this to "spin" good news. Why not spend money on academics or things that help the learning of students rather than a beach that will be taken over by criminal elements or used as a drunken playground. President Ross should come down and have private, confidential conversations with some people to see how they really feel and how bad administration has become. ECU deserves better and will one day be better!
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      by SPOT ON!!!! on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM in reply to @ Sam and Jim
      Perfect post!!! Wonder why they're not going after a new house for the chancellor anymore??!! If he had his way they would be building one as we speak. Shame we're stuck with him now, they spanked him when they found out he was looking around. However, obviously NOBODY would hire him but ECU!!!! He'd have to pay somebody to hire him!! Terrible leadership, or should I say lack thereof!!!!@ ECU!
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      by Sam on Aug 8, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to @ Sam and Jim
      I will agree that all these different vice-Chancellors are a complete waste of money. That saying somebody told me during last football season that the new complex wont allow alcohol there, but I don't know that for a fact. ECU will definately be a better institution than it already is. The City of Greenville and their corruption, especially with the police department, along with the court system of Pitt County always favors the criminals and lets them go, whereas if you are a college student, you will be convicted for something that you have not even done. From my days at ECU, I've seen where these corrupt DA's have been known to manipulate things just to try to make themselves look good for the next election. If an overhaul with that government (city and county) is made, that will create one less problem. The government is the root cause of what is wrong with Greenville, allowing thugs to rob, steal, and kill without sending them behind bars.
  • by jim Location: greenville on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    This area was planned back in the late 90's, long before anyone knew what would happen in 2008 and the recession that would follow. If they had to do over and knew what would happen economically, I doubt they would of built the facility.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 3, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Once this gets complete, then that will make it another reason why East Carolina University is the most attractive 4 year institution to go to. It's only the jealous people who would want to bash what East Carolina is doing. This university is only getting better and better. After this gets complete then it will be time to take over the ghetto between downtown and the hospital and run these gangs away from the campus, replacing the land with school buildings, student housing, and new upscale houses/condos/apartments for the doctors, nurses, professors, and others who work with East Carolina University and Pitt Memorial Hospital. Now if all that gets done, then East Carolina will turn out one of the most attractive institutions in all off the United States, and maybe by the time my newborn son turns old enough to get into college.
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      by here on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:54 AM in reply to Sam
      Not going to happen. Nice fantasy though.
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