In 2018, voters passed a $120 million Parks, Greenways Recreation and Open Space bond. Learn about current projects and progress that's been made so far.
Beech Bluff County Park
Beech Bluff County Park is planned for the southeast corner of Wake County adjacent to the towns of Garner and Fuquay-Varina. The park property is made up of several parcels of land totaling approximately 300 acres. While a portion of the land adjacent to Highway 42 is actively farmed, 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. Learn more.
This three-generation family farm and woodland sanctuary has much to offer in natural beauty, wildlife habitat and sustainable, educational agriculture. The 59 acre property is located in east-central Wake County, near the border between Raleigh and Knightdale. The property was donated to Wake County with a conservation easement, which means the land is legally limited to certain uses that support conservation values such as open space, scenic views, habitat and watershed protection, preservation of rural character and agricultural production. Learn more. En Español.
Lake Myra County Park
Lake Myra is a new park location currently being developed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. The 220-acre park will be located along Poole Road, north of the intersection of Poole Road and Lake Myra Road. Learn more.
Little River, Buffalo Creek, and Swift Creek have been identified as potential nature preserves. Nature preserves are minimally developed to provide limited passive recreation opportunities, such as hiking, paddling and horseback riding, while protecting significant natural resources and/or habitats. This project will complete concept plans for each potential preserve in 4-6 months.
Little River, located in northeastern Wake County, includes almost 3,700 acres of public land and was envisioned as a future City of Raleigh drinking water reservoir.
Buffalo Creek, located in eastern Wake County near the future Wake Tech Site (Eastern Wake 4.0), includes just over 900 acres of County-owned open space.
Swift Creek, located in southern Wake County, includes just over 2,800 acres of publicly owned land by local municipalities (Cary, Raleigh and Garner). The City of Raleigh's ownership of Lakes Benson and Wheeler is the most significant.
Each concept plan will focus on exploring core programming ideas to be developed on the site, including opportunities, constraints, and connections. 2018 Parks, Recreation, Greenway, and Open Space bond funding is used produce three concept plans for nature preserves.
Swift Creek Greenway
Swift Creek Greenway will be a multi-use greenway linking Cary, Raleigh, and Garner following the Swift Creek. This project will complete 100% design of the Swift Creek corridor between Lake Wheeler and Lake Benson, which could lead to future state or federal grant funding opportunities. Estimated timeframe to complete design is between 18-24 months.
The greenway was originally master planned in 2006 and updated in 2016 prior to the 2018 Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space Bond.
In 2018, voters passed a $120 million Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond that provides funding for most county park and preserve projects. Learn more about Bonds & County Debt.