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November 04
​Wake County Moves Forward on 2018 Parks Bond Projects

Board also approves purchase of additional land near new park

Residents will start to see progress on many of the projects identified in the 2018 Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond thanks to action taken Monday, Nov. 4, by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

The board voted unanimously to appropriate $22.7 million in funds authorized under the bond. This enables staff to begin work on the following projects:

  • Beech Bluff County Park: $13.6 million
  • Kellam Wyatt Preserve: $3.5 million
  • Lake Myra County Park: $2.4 million
  • Renovations at:
    • Historic Oak View: $290,000
    • Lake Crabtree: $600,000
    • Harris Lake: $580,000
    • Blue Jay Point: $550,000
    • Crowder: $1.14 million

Greenway development and open space acquisition are also included in this first round of bond projects. The funds for these projects will be appropriated in the spring of 2020.

“Voters spoke loud and clear about the importance of parks, greenways and open space with their support of the bond last year,” said Jessica Holmes, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “We’re committed to maximizing upon every dollar and ensuring better access for all residents.”

Beech Bluff County Park Grows 
Commissioners also approved the purchase of 4.85 acres of open space and park property adjacent to the future Beech Bluff County Park. The property includes a pond, which could be used in the park’s educational programs or as a source of irrigation for future agricultural practices.

Since 2004, county staff has worked with the Adams family and several other land owners along Middle Creek to assemble land for the future Beech Bluff County Park. The undeveloped forests, wetlands, steam channels and rock outcrops are located in the southeast corner of Wake County adjacent to the towns of Garner and Fuquay-Varina.

The additional 4.85 acres, which the county agreed to purchase for $168,000, will bring the total parkland to 307 acres. Construction could begin on the park in 2021, with an anticipated opening date of 2022.

More information on Beech Bluff County Park is available here.

About Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space strives to provide outdoor recreation and educational opportunities while promoting environmental and cultural stewardship through a managed system of parks and open spaces. In 2018, more than 1.3 million people visited Wake County’s 10 parks and nature preserves.

To learn more about Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovParks. You can also check out each of our parks on Facebook.


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