Wake Forest Parks
The Town of Wake Forest has done an amazing job planning and implementing its Wake Forest Parks plan. There is an abundant amount of green space and recreational areas in Wake Forest. Here are a few of our favorites.
Wake Forest Parks: E Carroll Joyner Park
Carroll Joyner Park was a 117 acre former dairy farm that was donated to the town of Wake Forest. The town developed it into a beautiful park, retaining many of the elements of the old farm. The tobacco barns have been refurbished and there is an amazing formal garden with stone and brick walkways that can be used for event space. There is a 1000 seat amphitheatre, 3 miles of paved trails with scenic views through woodland, meadow and stone walls, and a stocked pond for fishing. There is also a children’s natural play area with swings
Joyner Community Center
The Joyner Community Center is located within Joyner Park. It is a 32,000 square foot facility that is beautifully designed to be a more modern interpretation of the farm buildings located throughout the park. The community center offers classes for all ages and space for exercise in their gym, dance studio and walking track.
Wake Forest Parks: Forest Ridge Park
Forest Ridge Park is a nearly 600 acre peninsula park surrounded on 3 sides by Falls Lake. The park offers paved and unpaved trails for biking and hiking and a newly designed single track mountain bike trail. There is also a willdlife and pollinator garden and a playground with integrated features designed for the enjoyment of older children as well as younger ones. Fishing at the lake is allowed, subject to all state regulations. No bait is available on site.
Site rentals are available, including 2 picnic shelters with grills and tables as well as a meeting room with tables, chairs, a kitchenette and wifi for your next party or event.
Wake Forest Parks: Flaherty Park
Flaherty Park is located a little over a mile north of downtown Wake Forest on White Street. If you were so inclined, there are sidewalks stretching from downtown to the park where you will find 100 acres with baseball and softball fields, restrooms, picnic shelters, a playground with slides and swings, two stocked ponds, four pickleball and four tennis courts, a community center and a dog park.
Flaherty Dog Park
Flaherty Dog park offers separate fenced areas for both large and small dogs, a five foot high enclosure that is currently being upgraded with new fencing, and self closing gates. The updates will also include a shade structure and pet water fountain.The current enclosure has grassy cover and pet clean up stations.
Flaherty Community Center
Flaherty Community Center offers a gymnasium, arts and crafts room, game room and a meeting room with a small kitchen. The gym is used for pickleball, basketball, volleyball, zumba, sensory play and preschool play, as well as homeschool gym time and many more activities.
Wake Forest Parks: Mill Bridge Nature Park
Mill Bridge Nature Park is actually in Rolesville, but is accessible from Wake Forest via the Wake Forest Greenway System. And it’s only a few minutes from Wake Forest by car. Mill Bridge Nature park is primarily greenspace but is also home to a 200 seat amphitheater where the town of Rolesville hosts their spring concert series, Music at Mill Bridge.
Taylor Street Park and Sprayground
The Taylor Street Park is a small park in downtown Wake Forest just a half mile from the hustle and bustle of White Street. Taylor park features a children’s playground and picnic shelters with tables and grills. Taylor Park is home to Taylor Park Sprayground and the Alston-Massenburg Community Center.
The Alston-Massenburg Center is a 4200 square foot facility with a theatre room, meeting spaces, kitchen with stove, refrigerator and microwave, interior and exterior bathrooms and a lobby with check-in counter.
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