Creating art at the Children and Youth Partnership table.

It was a close call on the weather, but the Grand Opening for the new Dowdy Park in Nags Head went off without a hitch on Saturday.

There was a three hour weather delay, and, although skies were mostly overcast and the wind a bit blustery, pushing the start time back to 1:00 p.m. kept everyone dry.

Combining the Grand Opening with the Dare County Arts Council’s Artrageous made for a spectacular day. Artrageous is all about kids and creativity and booths lined the perimeter giving kids opportunities to do everything from making paper hats to painting a wall.

This was a fantastic way to remember much of what is best about the Outer Banks community. Dancers from the Atlantic Dance Studio, a local dance studio, gave demonstrations and the bands from the Mustang Music Outreach program rocked the place.

Local musicians also got some time on stage and it was all to celebrate a wonderful new park that will add to the quality of life for Outer Banks residence and visitors.

Dowdy Park, located in Nags Head next to Nags Head Elementary School rests on the property that was once Dowdy’s Amusement Park.

At one time Dowdy’s was the perfect place to take kids for a small town amusement treat, but over time upkeep seemed to become a problem and when it closed in 2005 much of its charm had deserted it.

Nags Head eventually purchased the property, and with input from town residence designed the park. 

There is a marvelous playground with some of the latest in playground equipment; there is a paved path that circles the infield. Plenty of picnic tables and grills and there are plans on the books to fill in some of the nooks and crannies with rain gardens and butterfly garden.

Stay tuned on this one—it looks as though it’s only going to get better.