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Optimism Oasis Rendering 2023

What is the Optimism Oasis?

The Optimism Oasis is a 15 acre, multi-sports & cultural center proposed to be built in the historic Northside Community in Wilmington, North Carolina behind the Boys & Girls Club of SENC and across from DC Virgo Preparatory Academy. 


The Optimism Oasis is being built in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern NC and the New Hanover County Board of Education to meet the many critical needs of our rapidly growing community:


1. Social & Economic Needs: Optimism Oasis will provide jobs, two daycare co-ops and be a safe fun place for youth providing countless creative outlets after school, on weekends, holidays & summer vacation. In addition to our extensive athletic facilities, we will have a state-of-the-art makerspace, an e-sports gaming arena, the Great Achievers Stage & Summit, our Leadership Academy, ninja obstacle course and dozens of inspirational & motivational exhibits on career & success, dream-building and nutrition & wellness.


2. Safety Needs: Recognizing our seaside location, Optimism Oasis will offer FREE swimming/life saving lessons to ALL New Hanover County students. Also, the Oasis will be a one-of-a-kind urban sanctuary for people of all ages and abilities to exercise, play and learn year around. 


3. Athletic Facility Needs: Optimism Oasis will be an attractive and spacious destination for regional & national track meets, swim meets, triathlons, basketball, volleyball & pickleball tournaments and the performing arts.


4. Community Building Needs: Optimism Oasis will be an irresistible community gathering space, especially our Cultural Arts Center designed to honor and celebrate the Northside’s rich African American history and culture.

Want to explore the Oasis? Keep reading!



Optimism Oasis Overview 2023

Want to be part of the vision?

Sign up for one of our upcoming focus group sessions! Or, contact Jamie at or 910-612-8394.

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