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Revitalizing Plans Underway for New Wake County Park near Wendell

WENDELL, N.C. (WNCN) — The spotlight is on a sprawling park spanning over 200 acres situated just south of Wendell.

A group of individuals convened at Wendell Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon to provide input for the future of Lake Myra County Park.

Anthony Goodson, a recent resident of Wendell Falls, expressed his enthusiasm for the area’s development, stating, “We cherish parks and frequently explore various parks nationwide. With a 3-year-old, open spaces, recreational amenities, and educational programs hold significant value for us.”

Chris Snow, the Director of Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, mentioned that they have carefully considered the feedback received during a community gathering in October, which drew over 150 participants and garnered 225 survey submissions.

Snow emphasized that the community’s input has guided them towards three potential concept plans for the park’s future.

Highlighting the community’s strong preference for hiking and walking amenities, Snow emphasized the importance of trail systems, greenways, and connectivity not only within Wendell Falls but also extending to neighboring subdivisions and towns like Knightdale and Wendell.

In addition to hiking trails, the county aims to incorporate features such as lake access for activities like kayaking and canoeing, picnic areas, and outdoor educational initiatives, with specific focus areas designated on the east and west sides of the lake.

Acknowledging the community’s desire to maintain the park’s natural essence amidst rapid growth, Snow stated, “Preserving the natural environment is a key focus for many residents. As Wendell undergoes significant development, there is a heightened sense of protecting green spaces.”

Lake Myra, a historic site that once thrived as a popular destination housing a gristmill and general store, holds nostalgic significance for many locals.

Braxton Honeycutt, Wendell Town Commissioner, underscored the necessity of equitable access to parks and recreational spaces for all residents in the region, especially amidst ongoing growth and expansion.

Expressing gratitude for the county’s efforts, Honeycutt emphasized the town’s commitment to expanding existing preserves and upholding its motto of ‘Small town, big charm.’

Snow revealed that a comprehensive master plan for the park was initially devised following multiple meetings in 2008, but faced delays. The project is set to receive funding from a $120 million bond approved by Wake County voters to support its development and construction.

Given that a portion of the park is privately owned, including the lake, Snow mentioned ongoing collaboration with landowners to ensure that the project aligns with the area’s historical significance.

Anticipating further community engagement, Snow outlined the timeline for the park’s completion, aiming for a public opening in late 2026.