Park Facility Master Plan

The master plan updates and continues the vision from the county’s 2008 Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The 2017 plan evaluates how each of the county’s nine park facilities can better help residents and visitors enjoy the county’s natural and cultural resources.

The plan identifies more than 100 potential projects from small to large in scale and cost, which were compiled through data collection, public comments and citizen surveys. They include:

  • Enhancing equity or access to facilities;
  • Connecting to county mission and goals;
  • Enhancing the visitor experience;
  • Providing good cost-to-benefit ratio; and
  • Leveraging existing amenities.

Additional master planning is expected to take place over a nine-month period. It will focus on timing and coordination of projects and developing a capital plan for funding.

Select a section below to view the final Park Facility Master Plan:
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Executive Summary (16.5 MB)

Introduction (4.3 MB)

Existing Conditions (63.5 MB)

Public Input (593 KB)

Recommendations (4.7 MB)

Appendix A (543 KB)
     Steering Committee and Focus Group Meeting Notes

Appendix B (2.3 MB)
     Public Input Boards

Appendix C (1.0 MB)
     Recommendations Evolution

Greenway System Plan

The development of the Greenway System Plan began in the fall of 2015. The vision for the plan is to create a connected and comprehensive system of greenway trails that will enhance quality of life throughout the county.

It also provides a framework within which local governments and project partners can build regional greenway connections with neighboring jurisdictions.

The plan has four goals:

  • Improve access to outdoor recreation for health and wellness;
  • Support economic development and capitalize on trail-based tourism;
  • Protect waterways, wildlife habitat and natural areas along greenways; and
  • Increase connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists to other transportation options.

The plan recommends developing 274 miles of new trails across Wake County, which would nearly double the size of the greenway network. Currently, the county features nearly 300 miles of existing greenways, including more than 100 miles in the City of Raleigh and more than 70 miles in the Town of Cary alone.

To move the development phase forward, the county will begin coordinating with the municipalities to identify potential partnership opportunities and refine the costs associated with constructing strategic greenways.

Select a section below to view the final Greenway System Plan:
Introduction (1.8 MB)
Recommendations (5.9 MB)