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Our mission is to inspire hope, health and the

pursuit of happiness for all people.


Our vision is to create a world-class, multi-sports complex designed to inspire a passion for achieving success through programs and exhibits that cultivate
a positive mindset and a healthy lifestyle. This 13 acre state-of-the-art park will benefit our community by providing a safe urban sanctuary that supports and encourages equitable and optimal physical and mental health for all people.

Northside Oasis of Wilmington is a non-profit (501c3). Your tax deductible donation is greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events

July - 2023

Future of the Northside Focus Groups

July 17th, 18th, & 27th | 507 McRae St. Wilmington, NC 28401

Northside Oasis of Wilmington (NOW), 501c3 invites residents, leaders, and advocates of the Northside Community to join in collaborative community conversations designed to help preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the Northside Community and to better serve Northside residents and their families. 

Please click the button below to sign up for the date and time that works best for you! Feel free to email Jamie Penn at with questions or for additional details, or call us at 910-612-8394. 

Female African-American Skater

December 21, 2023 - Winter Solstice!
100 Ultra 4 Kids presents:

Backwards to the Future 

8AM Backwards 5K

9AM Backwards 1 Mile

10AM America's First Backwards 26.2 Marathon

UNCW Track in Wilmington, NC


Aaron Yoder, world record holder for the fastest one mile backwards run

(5m 30sec), will be competing in all three events! This is a special event you

don’t want to miss. We anticipate attracting marathoners and ultra athletes

from around the world. Please contact Tracy at 910-279-1902 as soon as possible 

if you would like to make history with us!

Registration info coming soon!

Conceptual Master Plan

Your voice & vision would be greatly appreciated.

Optimism Oasis Site Plan


  • ​Track & Field (400m/8-lane) 

  • Great Achievers Stage & Summit – 400 Seat Amphitheater

  • Poetry in Motion Playground

  • Poetry Labyrinth Water Park

  • No Fear Hemisphere Skateboard Park

  • 300’ Ninja Obstacle Course

  • Educational, Motivational & Inspirational Exhibits

  • Edutainment Center & Northside MakerSpace Academy


  • Four Swimming Pools including a 10-lane Olympic Pool

  • Rooftop Tennis & Pickle Ball courts

  • 6-court Basketball and 12-court Volleyball

  • Indoor running track (300m/5 lane)

  • Sports Medicine & Healing Arts Clinic

  • Northside Oasis of Wilmington Arts & Culture Center


We are pleased to introduce the Northside Oasis of Wilmington Board of Directors.

Zedrick Applin

Board Chair



Zedrick Applin Board Chair

Zedrick Applin

Board Chair

Althea Johnson Vice Chair & Treasurer

Althea Johnson

Vice Chair & Treasurer

Deloris Rhodes Board Secretary

Deloris Rhodes


Michael Long Board Member

Michael Dwayne Long

Board Member

Robert Taylor Board Member

Robert V. Taylor

Board Member

Charlie Engle Board Member

Charlie Engle

Board Member

Hilary Phelps Board Member

Hilary Phelps

Board Member

Creative Team

Patrick Gallagher - Exhibit Designer & Developer

Patrick Gallagher

Exhibit Designer & Developer.

Tracy McCullen Founder & Concept Designer

Tracy McCullen

Founder & Concept Designer

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For large donations and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracy McCullen. We greatly appreciate your time and consideration.


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For all volunteer opportunities, please contact Tracy McCullen. Include your name, reason for interest, volunteer experience and availability.

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