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Planned Wake Adventure Park Not In Play For Nearby Residents

Posted March 3, 2006

— You might not think it would be that complicated to build a new park. But with a price tag of more than $17 million, some Wake County residents say it's a waste of taxpayer dollars.

The future site of Forest Ridge Park is a 600-acre parcel of land straddles the shores of Falls Lake at the end of Old Highway 98. An adventure-themed nature playground would especially benefit Wakefield Plantation residents. But many residents say the problem with the proposed park is that would be over-developed.

The park would include a $2.9 million adventure center, a $1.7 million overnight lodge and a $1.6 million lakeside center. Some residents said the wish list should simply stop at nature trails.

"I just think many people just want a place where they can walk their dogs," said resident Lorri Albrecht.

Raleigh Parks and Recreation planner Vic Lebsock said despite many outspoken residents who oppose the park's adventure theme, he said there are plenty of people who are excited that the park will offer more than walking paths.

Beyond the $17.9 million price tag, the other bone of contention is the amount of parking spaces. Some say the nearly 700 parking spaces indicate there will be a lot traffic coming in and out of the park. The Parks and Recreation planners say the traffic will be spread out throughout the day.

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