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50 at 50 - September 15

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Friday, September 15, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
One afternoon, I found myself in Rolesville. You might ask yourself, where is Rolesville. It is nestled in northeastern Wake County just outside of Raleigh. It is the second oldest town in Wake County and one of the fastest growing towns in our state for the past several years. After a visit to the parks and recreation office, I made my way to Main Street Park - located as you might have guessed at 200 South Main Street.

Main Street park is about 36 acres and was established in 2005. In addition to the four shelters, gazebo, open play field, and two playgrounds, the park has just over one mile of greenway trail. This greenway has exercise equipment that was added soon after the park opened before many other locations began to incorporate this feature into greenways. The town is currently working with Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space to connect the greenway in Main Street Park to their greenway at Mill Bridge Nature Park. From here, the greenway trails currently connect with the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation greenways giving citizens from both towns access to multiple greenways and parks.

Sanford Creek Elementary School shares a border with the park, and the greenway connects to the school’s multipurpose field. In the past, on National Walk to School Day, the Rolesville Mayor has met the kids in the park, and they all walked to school.

In my conversations with Parks & Recreation Director JG Ferguson at his office, he shared that earlier in the morning he had seen buses from 3 daycare centers in the park. During my visit, I was fortunate to see people of all ages enjoying the park. An older couple were walking the greenway, lots of kids were enjoying the playgrounds, and a family was having dinner at a picnic shelter. All wonderful ways to spend a summertime evening.

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