OPEN SPACE

Open Space is natural land that has not been converted to residential, suburban or commercial development. Open Space includes forests, greenways, parks, meadows, fields, wetlands, floodplains and farms. Learn more.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Wake County's Open Space Program defines Open Space as protected land that is owned and managed in the public interest for the following purposes:
  • Protection of good water quality
  • Preservation of natural resources
  • Managed production of resources (forest and farmland)
  • Preservation of historic and cultural property
  • Protection of scenic landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Protection of public health, safety and welfare