National Park Service officials are asking for input on two proposed projects at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The projects are to rehabilitate the interior and restore the exterior of the lighthouse, and to develop plans for a multi-use path in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse District.
A public meeting to discuss both projects is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Fessenden Center Annex in Buxton.
During the meeting, Superintendent David Hallac will give a presentation followed by time to offer feedback and ask questions.
The public comment period ends June 22 on both projects. Comments may be submitted electronically, the preferred method, or mailed to Superintendent, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.
Project 1: Lighthouse rehabilitation
The National Park Service proposes rehabilitating the interior and restore the exterior of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and its character-defining features, to repair or replace deteriorated materials and finishes, and to selectively reverse unsympathetic treatments added to the lighthouse and its oil house after 1920, officials said Tuesday.
The purpose is to offer a more immersive experience of the Cape Hatteras Light Station by defining walking paths and considering ways to improve the resiliency of the light station and grounds suited to a coastal environment that is subject to heavy visitation.
Project 2: Multi-use path
Park officials are working on plans for a multi-use path along Lighthouse Road in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse District.
The new pathway would offer users a resilient, safe and accessible nonmotorized route between Buxton and popular visitor use areas such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, museum and lifeguard beach. The pathway would also be enhanced with wayfinding, educational information and benches.
Three pathway ideas are detailed in the Construct Multi-Use Pathway along Lighthouse Road public scoping newsletter.