The town of Wake Forest has a phenomenal parks and recreation department. With a mission to “enhance the lives of the citizens of Wake Forest by offering a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, facilities and open spaces coupled with cultural and athletic programs that promote education, health & wellness”, our residents are provided many opportunities to have some fun!
With 561 acres of parks, open space, natural land and trails, there are plenty of places for Wake Forest residents to let loose. With 11 parks, residents have places to grill, play baseball, tennis, basketball & numerous other activities. For more information about each park, please click the links below.
Ailey Young Park : baseball field, basketball courts, playground, picnic tables & charcoal grills
E Carroll Joyner Park: restored farm buildings, pecan grove, 1,000 lawn-seat amphitheater, walker garden, performance garden, 2,000 linear foot stone ribbon wall, 3 miles of paved walking trails, charcoal grills
Heritage High School Park: 2 multi purpose soccer fields, 2 baseball/softball fields, 8 lighted tennis courts, restroom facility
Holding Park: 5 acre site, site of the Holding Park Pool & Wake Forest Community House, playground featuring 5 slides and swings, picnic tables, charcoal grills, basketball court
Plummer Park: half-acre park, located within the Crenshaw Manor subdivision, playground, picnic shelter and picnic tables
Smith Creek Soccer Center: 17 acre fields, playground, picnic shelter, picnic tables, charcoal grills
Taylor Street Park: 1.5 acre park, site of the Alston-Massenburg Center, playground offering tot swings, sand box with excavators, X-Wave, spiral slide, children’s swings, and green areas
Tyler Run Park: playground, baseball field, basketball court, swings
According to the town website, “Play It Forward” is an initiative by Wake Forest PRCR designed to encourage participation in the development of a new Parks & Recreation Master Plan. All residents are urged to provide input, ideas, solutions and support. In 2005, the town developed a Parks & Recreation Master Plan with the input of citizens. The purpose of the plan is to examine where we are now, the anticipated needs for the future and needed improvements. The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has contracted with Greenplay, LLC to assess the town’s existing facilities & programs. A final public meeting is scheduled for February 5 at 6:30 p.m. Preliminary findings will be shared and additional data will be gathered. The meeting will be held at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.