Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update

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The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of updating the 2015 Parks & Recreation Master Plan through its “Play It Forward Wake Forest” initiative coordinated by the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and PRCR Advisory Board.

“Play It Forward Wake Forest” urges all Wake Forest residents and visitors to provide input and support to enhance and expand the recreation opportunities for a growing community.

Community Survey #3

In July 2023, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department began the process of updating its Master Plan. Since then, the project team has posted two surveys on Engage Wake Forest soliciting public input on community values and recreation preferences (Community Survey #1) and ways to enhance and improve existing parks (Community Survey #2).

In February and March, the project team invited residents to express their satisfaction on parks and facilities.

The survey period closed March 22.

What is the Master Plan?

The Master Plan reflects the town's vision of a vibrant community that responds to the needs and desires of its residents and visitors for fun, healthy, exciting, and diverse activities.

The purpose of the plan is to look at where we are now, what the anticipated needs are for the future, and how we can improve and upgrade our existing facilities and programs to effectively serve residents and visitors in years to come.

Master Plan Update

Wake Forest is undertaking a year-long comprehensive process that will guide the development of the parks, recreation and cultural resources system over the next five years.

Residents, visitors, and stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input throughout the process at the strategic milestones.

As the first step in the process, we are asking you to share your initial input through an online questionnaire survey, so we can learn more about the Wake Forest community, its values, and its recreation preferences.

The link to the survey will be available in the coming days.

Community Engagement

Community input is the cornerstone of the Master Plan process. Since June 2023, the Town has utilized a variety of methods to engage the community and solicit its input to help shape the future of the PRCR Department.

Public Open House

The PRCR Department hosted two public meetings (drop-in style open houses) where attendees were asked for their input concerning the need for facilities, amenities, programs, and services – and how the Town of Wake Forest should prioritize its investments in recreational offerings. These open house sessions will take place according to the following schedule:

Scientific Survey

The project team mailed a survey to approximately 3,000 randomly selected households in Wake Forest. The questionnaire provided critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs, priorities, and demographics. Residents receiving the survey were encouraged to submit the mail-in survey or to use the link provided in the accompanying letter to submit the survey online.

Web-based Survey

After the project team received the required number of scientific survey responses, a web-based survey was released to the community to reach a broader audience and provide an opportunity for residents who were not selected in the random sample. The data obtained from the survey will be used to inform recommendations within the master plan.

Special Events

The project team and the PRCR Advisory Board organized an input session at the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.

Focus Groups

The project team engaged with focus groups to evaluate the PRCR Department’s parks and recreation services across five user segments. Focus group participants were invited to weigh in on the extent to which Wake Forest parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services meet their unique needs.

Please be sure to "Play It Forward" by staying active in this process. Check this page often for information on future engagement opportunities to contribute to your parks and recreation master plan.

Share Your Feedback

You're also invited to submit any questions or concerns you have using the "Share Your Feedback" form below.

The Town of Wake Forest is in the process of updating the 2015 Parks & Recreation Master Plan through its “Play It Forward Wake Forest” initiative coordinated by the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department and PRCR Advisory Board.

“Play It Forward Wake Forest” urges all Wake Forest residents and visitors to provide input and support to enhance and expand the recreation opportunities for a growing community.

Community Survey #3

In July 2023, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department began the process of updating its Master Plan. Since then, the project team has posted two surveys on Engage Wake Forest soliciting public input on community values and recreation preferences (Community Survey #1) and ways to enhance and improve existing parks (Community Survey #2).

In February and March, the project team invited residents to express their satisfaction on parks and facilities.

The survey period closed March 22.

What is the Master Plan?

The Master Plan reflects the town's vision of a vibrant community that responds to the needs and desires of its residents and visitors for fun, healthy, exciting, and diverse activities.

The purpose of the plan is to look at where we are now, what the anticipated needs are for the future, and how we can improve and upgrade our existing facilities and programs to effectively serve residents and visitors in years to come.

Master Plan Update

Wake Forest is undertaking a year-long comprehensive process that will guide the development of the parks, recreation and cultural resources system over the next five years.

Residents, visitors, and stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input throughout the process at the strategic milestones.

As the first step in the process, we are asking you to share your initial input through an online questionnaire survey, so we can learn more about the Wake Forest community, its values, and its recreation preferences.

The link to the survey will be available in the coming days.

Community Engagement

Community input is the cornerstone of the Master Plan process. Since June 2023, the Town has utilized a variety of methods to engage the community and solicit its input to help shape the future of the PRCR Department.

Public Open House

The PRCR Department hosted two public meetings (drop-in style open houses) where attendees were asked for their input concerning the need for facilities, amenities, programs, and services – and how the Town of Wake Forest should prioritize its investments in recreational offerings. These open house sessions will take place according to the following schedule:

Scientific Survey

The project team mailed a survey to approximately 3,000 randomly selected households in Wake Forest. The questionnaire provided critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs, priorities, and demographics. Residents receiving the survey were encouraged to submit the mail-in survey or to use the link provided in the accompanying letter to submit the survey online.

Web-based Survey

After the project team received the required number of scientific survey responses, a web-based survey was released to the community to reach a broader audience and provide an opportunity for residents who were not selected in the random sample. The data obtained from the survey will be used to inform recommendations within the master plan.

Special Events

The project team and the PRCR Advisory Board organized an input session at the Lighting of Wake Forest on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.

Focus Groups

The project team engaged with focus groups to evaluate the PRCR Department’s parks and recreation services across five user segments. Focus group participants were invited to weigh in on the extent to which Wake Forest parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services meet their unique needs.

Please be sure to "Play It Forward" by staying active in this process. Check this page often for information on future engagement opportunities to contribute to your parks and recreation master plan.

Share Your Feedback

You're also invited to submit any questions or concerns you have using the "Share Your Feedback" form below.

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With paschal golf club at risk of going away, and wake forest cc closed many years ago, I’d like to see a municipal golf course built

Jtbiv 7 months ago

From the overwhelming turnout our rapidly developing town has to outdoor park hosted events, such as Six Sundays in Spring, Boo Bash, and many others, it is clear that the town needs more open space for active and passive recreational events. In addition, the town needs to carefully consider what it allows to be developed in the areas surrounding Joyner Park. The town should work with the land owner and conservation groups to acquire and maintain the Harris Rd forested parcel across from Joyner as a nature preserve. Doing so would enhance the beauty and accessibility of the park while providing much needed passive open space.

adipaolo 8 months ago

We need better road infrastructure and road repair on several side and backroads like the inlet that leads from Capital Blvd. to the Firestone near Wal-Mart. Additionally, I find the rate of approval for new appartments and housing to be too high and too fast! What was once lush forest around the Cavness Farms and Cumarron areas is now turning into a suburban sprawl with what seems to be no regard for animal habitats or natural barriers between residential and highway locations. I feel like we're losing the "Forest" in Wake Forest.

JaredV 8 months ago

The huge influx of new pickleball players in our area have made it an even greater need for more pickleball courts in Wake Forest. We have an opportunity to get a whole generation of people involved in a healthy, absolutely fun way to exercise and meet folks from any age and walks of life.

Sandyb 12 months ago

We are in desperate need of more tennis courts and better road infrastructure to accommodate the town’s rapid
Growth. Town keeps approving new apartment, housing and commercial structures without any regard for our current traffic problem. We can’t get out of our neighborhoods, can’t make left turn in or out of commercial centers. If the town needed to evacuate for any reason it would result in gridlock worst than what we are currently experience. It is ludicrous.

Joanie Arteta 12 months ago
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