We were pleased to read last week that Wake County has made yet another open space purchase in eastern Wake County.
The 70-acre purchase of land adjacent to the Robertson Millpond Preserve will enlarge that park and, in the future, offer residents an even greater opportunity to get out of the concrete and asphalt rat race and rekindle a relationship with the great outdoors. The purchase nearly doubles the size of the preserve.
The continued emphasis by Wake County – and by area towns, we should point out – to preserve open space will eventually become a draw that brings more people to our area for day trips and recreational purposes. At some point that will become an economic asset for eastern Wake County which can’t be moved or closed like business or a store.
As residents of Wake County and the surrounding areas learn of the recreational opportunities available there will be a desire to come check it out for themselves. When they come, they will likely patronize at least one or two local businesses and leave some of their money in our local cash registers.
We don’t mean to pretend that such ecotourism growth will happen tomorrow or even next month. But if one takes a long-term view of this transaction, it’s really hard to see anything but an upside to it.