Community Meeting to Provide Update on Future Park in Southeast Wake

birdseye view rendering of future park - includes fields, trees and park center

Residents are invited to an informational meeting on Saturday, Nov. 6, to get an update on the future Beech Bluff County Park and find out how they can help plan different kinds of gardens on the property.

The drop-in meeting will take place from 1–4 p.m. at the picnic shelter at South Park, 900 S. Main St., in Fuquay-Varina. Attendees will receive the latest information on plans for the park, including the final site plan and architectural design.

The meeting will also provide an overview of the proposed community and demonstration gardens. It’s a great opportunity for people who are interested in gardening but don’t have space or don’t know where to start to play an active role in planning these agricultural elements.

“Beech Bluff County Park is another example of Wake County’s commitment to protecting our beautiful natural spaces and providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors,” said Matt Calabria, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “From the beginning, our residents have played an active role in the planning of this park, and we’re excited for that to continue as we move into this next phase.”

Photos, renderings and a flyover video can be viewed here.

Beech Bluff County Park is located at 3355 N.C. Highway 42 in Willow Spring, which is in the southeast corner of Wake County, south of Garner and east of Fuquay-Varina.

The park property is approximately 300 acres. While a portion of the land adjacent to Highway 42 is currently used for agriculture, the majority of the park contains undeveloped forests, wetlands, stream channels, floodplains and rock outcrops, all of which support a diverse ecosystem and help protect critical natural resources.

The master plan for Beech Bluff County Park will offer a unique experience that supports the recreational needs of the growing communities nearby while strengthening the natural, cultural and historical resources of the land.

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 participate in the park’s design.

The $12 million project is funded by the $120 million Wake County Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond, which was approved by 68% of voters in 2018.

Construction on Beech Bluff County Park could begin in spring 2022, and the park is expected to open to the public in summer 2023.

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