Residents who want Wake County to turn an abandoned golf course into a park are hosting a “stroller-push” Saturday morning to raise awareness about their efforts.
The Crooked Creek golf course in Fuquay-Varina closed in 2015, and the owners planned to build homes on the property. But they abandoned those plans when neighbors pushed back.
Now residents are hoping for a park, which they say is badly needed because there is no county park in southern Wake.
“We want to bring some additional attention to the project by inviting people to bring their children in strollers, since these paved paths are one of the few places in the area that are stroller- and wheelchair-friendly,” said Ron Nawojczyk, president of Crooked Creek’s homeowners association.
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The Conservation Fund, an environmental nonprofit that buys and preserves green space, is under contract to purchase 140 acres of the golf course. Residents want the county to buy the site from the Conservation Fund, and Wake leaders would have to show interest by July 28 when the contract expires.
They’re hoping the Wake County Board of Commissioners will talk about buying the property at its July 17 meeting.
“We’re waiting to do a presentation to the park advisory staff, and that’ll be on June 19,” Nawojczyk said. “They’ll talk to the commissioners, and then, hopefully, we’ll do a presentation to the commissioners on July 3.”
Crooked Creek’s developers, C.C. Partners, closed the golf course for business reasons. Residents filed a lawsuit arguing that the neighborhood covenant entitled the site to remain a golf course. A judge ruled in favor of the developers last year, but the case is still being appealed.
Last summer, C.C. Partners backed away from its development plans and put the land under contract with the Conservation Fund.
The “stroller-push” will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at 4621 Shady Greens Drive, Fuquay-Varina.
The event is meant to highlight the golf course’s cart paths, which could be used as greenways if the site becomes a park.
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