Park opens on site of closed North Wake Landfill

Wake County's newest park opened Saturday on the site on a former landfill that contains 5 million tons of waste and has one of the highest elevations in the county.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The new North Wake Landfill District Park at 9300 Deponie Drive in Raleigh opened to the public Saturday.

The park is located on the site of the North Wake Landfill, which closed in May 2008 after 22 years of use.

“This one-of-a-kind facility will provide safe, recreational opportunities for park users, preserve the natural environment and protect the public, as well as the landfill’s monitoring systems," Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Tony Gurley said in a statement.

The park has a playground, picnic shelter and walking trail that connects to the Neuse River greenway.

It sits on one of the highest points in Wake County, because the final elevation of the landfill was 468 feet above sea level. The park is built over approximately 5 million tons of waste.

Further development of the site includes a Wake County EMS station, which is expected to open by 2010. Raleigh is seeking a consultant to design a community center and athletic fields.

A recycling and solid-waste disposal center remains at the site and is undergoing a re-design by Wake County.

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