Parks, Recreation and Open Space COVID Service Update

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The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services.

People are encouraged to follow current masking and social distancing guidelines when visiting Wake County parks and preserves.

Park Centers
In an effort to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19, employees and visitors to county buildings will be required to wear face masks starting Monday, Aug. 2, regardless of vaccination status.  This means that you’ll need to wear a mask in park centers, restrooms, and other buildings.  Children's play areas inside the park centers at Historic Oak View and Historic Yates Mill county parks will remain closed.

Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements
Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. 

Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. 

Measures to limit the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.

The following restrictions remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves:

  • Major park events are canceled through the end of 2021.
  • Park programs will be held outdoors with limited participant capacity to allow social distancing and additional safety measures.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our digital programming. It's Wake Parks from Home!