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September 08
Board of Commissioners Approves Funds for First County-Wide Greenway Master Plan

Will set vision for the future, help guide investments in greenway system

Work will begin this week on Wake County's first greenway master plan, which will help the County prioritize greenway investments and ensure connectivity between existing and future greenways. The Wake County Board of Commissioners approved reallocating $120,000 of open space funds to pay for the plan during its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

"The plan will enable Wake County, its municipalities and even surrounding counties to better prepare and plan for greenways five, 10 or 15 years from now," said Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Chris Snow. "With this important planning tool, we will set a clear vision for the future of our greenway system and use it to guide our investments, so we ensure we continue to build a network of trails that offers transportation options and recreational benefits while enhancing our quality of life."

The $120,000 allocation will fund hiring a consultant to research and produce the county-wide plan. In addition to prioritizing greenways and ensuring connectivity, the plan will help prevent gaps between greenways that make connections difficult.

There are approximately 140 miles of greenways in Wake County, used for both recreation and commuting.

Staff estimates that the county-wide greenway master plan will be completed by summer of 2016. For more information on greenways and open space in Wake County, visit the Wake County Open Space website.





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