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October 20
Robertson Millpond Preserve to Open Saturday in Eastern Wake

Wake County leaders will cut the ribbon and officially open the County's first open space property on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The public is invited to join in the celebration at Robertson Millpond Preserve, which will serve as a scenic recreation area in Wendell for hikers, cyclists, kayakers and more.

"With all it offers, Robertson Millpond Preserve will not only enhance the quality of life for our residents, but it will also help preserve our water quality and the wildlife in Wake County," said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman James West. "This is another step in the right direction to preserve natural land for future generations of our growing County, which now has a population of more than one million residents."

The grand opening event starts at 10 a.m., and following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, participants can listen to speakers, visit booths to learn about nature and history of the area, and take a short, guided canoe ride around the millpond.

Unlike Wake County's parks, Robertson Millpond Preserve is minimally developed and will be open only during weekends and select holidays. Visitors can enjoy fishing, picnicking, canoeing and kayaking at the preserve. Paddlers must supply their own canoes or kayaks.

In addition, the preserve's millpond is a blackwater cypress swamp, a unique classification for the Piedmont area. These swamps are typically found along North Carolina's coast. The preserve is also home to the County's only known bald cypress habitat.

"The preserve concept allows us to open this property to the public while at the same time protecting the unique characteristics that make it so special," said Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Chris Snow. "We're excited to offer residents more options for outdoor activities in Wake County, and we hope they will encourage more people to go outside and explore this property."

Located at 6333 Robertson Road in Wendell, the preserve is the first of three open space properties that will open in 2015. The other two properties, Turnipseed Nature Preserve and Procter Farm Preserve, located near Wendell, are expected to begin construction and open soon.

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