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August 19
Board Directs Staff to Advance Open Space, Greenway Recommendations

Wake County is taking another step forward in its effort to expand greenways and preserve natural, undeveloped land, known as open space, throughout the community. The Board of Commissioners has directed staff to move ahead with the recommendations presented by the County's Division of Parks, Recreation and Open Space at its August 10, 2015, work session.

The recommendations include:

  • Launching discussions with 13 property owners to purchase approximately 1,600 acres of land across the County; and
  • Working with municipalities to reach agreements to fund portions of six greenway projects in four communities: Apex, Cary, Rolesville and Wake Forest.

"Expanding our amazing greenways and preserving open space are so important to maintaining the high quality of life here in Wake County," said Commissioner Sig Hutchinson. "With these investments, we are protecting water quality, enhancing recreational opportunities and expanding our transportation corridors – all of which improve our economic vitality."

These acquisitions will use the remainder of the County's $50 million open space bond, which was approved by voters in 2007. These 19 projects represent $11.8 million in open space funds that leveraged an additional $35.7 million in municipal and state funding, totaling $47.5 million in investments.

To date, Wake County has purchased about 6,000 acres of open space throughout the County. A portion of this acreage has been developed into parks and greenways in conjunction with its municipal partners, while the remaining acres have been preserved in a natural state. In all, the County has invested $70 million in these projects, while leveraging an additional $50 million in municipal, state and federal funding sources.

The goal of the Wake County Open Space Program is to permanently protect 30 percent of the remaining natural open space areas in the County.





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