More play space in Wake Forest

Staff WriterAugust 2, 2009 

— A slew of Wake Forest residents turned out Saturday for the opening of E. Carroll Joyner Park -- the latest and largest park in the small town.

The first phase of the 117-acre park, just east of Capital Boulevard in northern Wake Forest, was completed last week. The park's first official event is scheduled for 5 p.m. today, when the Big Fat Gap band will perform in the park's amphitheater.

"Finally, Wake Forest has a piece of beauty," said Linda Lang, whose two daughters couldn't get enough of the park's log cabins and restored farm buildings. "We didn't know what to expect. Next time we'll bring bikes and have a picnic."

The town has restored old mule and tobacco farm buildings on the property. The town also built a log cabin, restored a pecan grove, built the amphitheater and installed about three miles of walking and biking trails.

Two more phases, athletic fields, a playground and more parking will be added later.

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