WAKE FOREST – Local officials and residents gathered Saturday for the opening of a greenway connecting neighborhoods, businesses and schools in the town.
The event, dubbed Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl, was the culmination of an 11-year effort to connect Wake Forest to nearby Rolesville and begin connections to other towns in the Triangle region. This 3.7-mile stretch of walking space has three creeks and many wooded areas in addition to providing a walking and bicycling connection between the town’s center and various neighborhoods.
“This effort actually started in 2006 when the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners approved the town’s Open Space and Greenway plans,” said Candace Davis, assistant to the town manager and staff member who worked on this project.
The town received over 4 million from federal funding sources. In 2014, Wake Forest voters approved a bond referendum to provide additional funding for greenways, and here we are.”
Davis worked on the project and organizing the opening day celebration. She said construction began in mid-2016.
The Tri-Creek Greenway Crawl included speeches from Deanna Welker, who chairs the town’s Greenway Advisory Board, and Jan Ammons, a longtime community activist who fought for the greenway to happen. Families could participate in a scavenger hunt along the trail, and advisory board members positioned themselves throughout the trail to provide information to visitors.
Wake Forest is one of 12 towns and cities in Wake County, North Carolina. The county, which is home to state capital Raleigh, currently is ranked the “healthiest” county in the state by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
“It not only provides that recreational opportunity, but that creates a healthy community. So it’s making Wake Forest even healthier than it is today,” Hutchison said.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults have at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, and recent guidelines report that walking briskly can help to lower blood pressure and rates of type 2 diabetes as well as lead to weight loss.
The Tri-Creek Greenway is one a almost 100 miles of greenway throughout Wake County. The county’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources department maintains greenways throughout the county, making Wake County a highly-rated “walkable” city.
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