Editorial: Communing with nature

05/02/2014 3:30 PM

05/02/2014 3:32 PM

Wake County has spent more than a decade working to preserve open space, much of it here in eastern Wake County, where the largest remaining area of undeveloped land still exists.

Over that time, much of their effort has been focused on buying property or negotiating conservation easements to bring land under the county’s protective wing.

To be sure, the recession brought a halt to much of the progress the county was making. Fortunately, in this case, the recession also brought a slowdown in development, so much of the county’s open space remained in its natural state.

But now, the eonomy is starting to break out of its shell. More people are moving to Wake County and leaders there are ready to do something with the land they’ve bought.

A plan recently approved by the county commissioners would allow for the creation of walking and biking trails and even some fishing on some of the parkland the county now manages.

To paraphrase Wake County Parks and Recreation Director Chris Snow, sometimes it does people good to just get away.

If all works according to plan, there could be a place – three of them, to be precise – where people can do just that.

We are glad to see that kind of activity taking place after so many years of waiting. Hopefully, this means more attention to the county’s Lake Myra Park won’t be too far away.

And, when that property opens to the public, we will indeed have a crown jewel among places to “just get away.”

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