Wake Forest officials seek Joyner Park input

sbarr@newsobserver.comMay 16, 2014 

— Plans are underway for a second phase of E. Carroll Joyner Park that could bring a new community center, playground and athletic fields to the popular town destination.

Officials long have intended to add to the 117-acre park, and a master plan from 2004 provides a vision for how to use the remaining 33 acres.

But as town officials prepare for the additions, they also want to hear from residents about what they most want to see at Joyner, which is located at 701 Harris Road. A series of public meeting are underway and a survey is available on the town’s website.

Ruben Wall, parks and recreation director, said the proposed changes won’t affect any of the park’s existing amenities, which include paved walking trails, an amphitheater and restored historic buildings.

“We have no plans of disturbing the peace and tranquility,” he said. “The goal is to enhance what we have.”

The town does need to add to the park though, to ensure there are enough recreation opportunities for residents. The town is overdue for many additions, he said.

“The population growth has outpaced what we’re supposed to have in terms of recreation resources,” he said.

The second phase of the park would be paid for with money from a $25 million bond referendum slated for November.

Town voters will vote on funding for three overall project areas: streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation, and greenways. Each area will have a price tag attached to it that voters can consider.

The Board of Commissioners will consider how the questions are structured at their Tuesday meeting.

“That’s the breakdown we’re working on now,” said Aileen Staples, the town’s finance director.

The final “Picture Joyner Park” meeting is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Rd. The survey is available at wakeforestnc.gov/joyner-park-phase-2-survey.aspx.

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