Beech Bluff County Park will be located in the southeast corner of Wake County adjacent to the towns of Garner and Fuquay-Varina. Construction could begin on the park in 2021, with an anticipated opening date of 2022. 

On Aug. 19, the Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the master plan for the property and officially named it "Beech Bluff County Park." The 300 acres of undeveloped forests, wetlands, steam channels and rock outcrops that make up the project were previously referred to as Southeast County Park.

View the Beech Bluff County Park Master Plan here.

View the presentation, which features renderings and photos, here. 

Check out a flyover video here.

 “We’ve held several public meetings over the last year to find out residents’ thoughts about the park and to guide the master planning process,” said Chris Snow, director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “From the very beginning, people have been interested in what it should be called—we received dozens of suggestions.” 

The new name is a nod to two characteristics of the parkland—the beech trees that grow there, and the steep bluffs that make the topography unique.

In addition to a diverse ecosystem and wildlife habitats, the master plan for the park includes a playground, wildlife observation platform, picnic shelters, several miles of trails, a park center, community gardens and open meadows.

Funding for Beech Bluff County Park will come from the 2018 Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond. In January, the board made the development of the park its No. 1 priority. Today’s vote authorizes staff to continue design for the future park. Once complete, the design will be presented to the board for approval, and funds will be requested for the permitting and bidding phases of the project.

Wake County had the vision for Beech Bluff County Park back in 2003 when it identified an unmet need for county park facilities and services in southeastern Wake County. In 2004, the county allocated funds to start purchasing land. 

The Wake County Board of Commissioners strives to implement a comprehensive approach for preserving open space and developing parks and greenways to address gaps, leverage opportunities and resources, and enhance collaboration with municipal partners. 

How We Got Here: Community Meetings

As a part of the master planning process, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space conducted a series of community forums to gather residents’ input about the development of the park. The forums allowed residents to play an active role in the park’s design.  

Community Meeting 3 - April 30, 2019
Attendees checked out the final draft design based on feedback received during prior meetings as well as from the public survey. They also voted on names for the new park.

View the stations and presentations:

Community Meeting 2 - Feb. 12, 2019
At this drop-in meeting, attendees viewed design options based on feedback received during the first community meeting and from the public survey. Using sticky notes, they shared their thoughts about each option. 

View the stations and presentations: 

Community Meeting 1 - Sept. 25, 2018
The first forum took place Sept. 25 at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. It included interactive stations designed to inform attendees about the park property, including the environmental and natural resources, as well as the site history. This meeting gave residents an opportunity to provide feedback to staff and the design team for the development of this park. 

View the stations and presentations: