From Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:
I am pleased to announce the new Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation. Dwayne Patterson will be moving from his current role as Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to serve as our State Parks Director effective Thursday, June 28th.
Dwayne understands the important role that parks and trails play in improving health and quality of life, and will work to expand access to parks throughout North Carolina, especially among children. His extensive leadership experience, along with his operational and financial background, make him a great fit to lead the department’s largest division.
Prior to his recent 14 months as Chief Financial Officer for the department, he was Executive Director for CREST, a regional non-profit agency in Fayetteville that serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. He has also been Chief Deputy Secretary for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Chief Financial Officer for Warren and Durham County school systems, and Director of Operations for the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. He was raised in Kinston and graduated with a BA in accounting from NC State University.
Please join me in congratulating Dwayne on his new role!
I want to thank Carol Tingley for doing an excellent job as Interim Director, and the division’s leadership team and entire staff for their hard work and professionalism during the transition.
Susi H. Hamilton
Secretary, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Bikeway along I-40 does not receive FY19 funding, but FY20 funding hopeful
Disappointingly, the Triangle I-40 bikeway did not make NCDOT's FY19 funding. However, it remains a priority project for Wake County. Wake County plans to resubmit for FY20 funding. And, Wake County will continue to plan it's routing.
And, it has come a long way due to your tremendous public input! Starting as a vague concept on a map, it now is on the Regional and Statewide project list for strong consideration of planning and funding.
This bikeway along I-40 will connect the Trenton Road Greenway to RDU Forest and Davis Drive (RTP- Triangle Park Center). This missing link would enable bike/ped connections from downtown Raleigh to RDU and RTP. It will enable connections to many of the area's major greenways, including: Black Creek, Reedy Creek, House Creek, Rocky Branch, Walnut Creek, American Tobacco Trail, Crabtree Creek, and the Neuse Greenways. In addition to the regional/national East Coast Greenway and NC 2 (Mountains to Sea) and US 1 (Carolina Connection) bike routes.
AND, the Triangle Bikeway would serve as a vital connection to the RDU Forest trail system at Lake Crabtree County Park, RDU Airport, and Umstead State Park via the Old Reedy Creek Road Corridor.
The Triangle Bikeway along I-40 moved forward with unanimous support at September 21, 2017 CAMPO meeting.
The Triangle Bikeway got a high ranking (4th out of 43) for the bike/ped greenways that CAMPO recommends for funding. When ranked by NCDOT with all the other regional and state projects, it remained on the project list, but was not selected to receive FY19 funding.
Thanks to Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson for adding the "Triangle Bikeway" along I-40 to a list of projects being evaluated for funding under CAMPO's request to NCDOT (known as SPOT 5). Note: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the regional transportation organization serving Wake, Frankly, Granville, Harnett, and Johnston Counties.
BIG THANKS ALL!
Triangle Business Poll Favors Park over Quarry
After the RDU AA meeting today (12/Oct/17) about the land lease proposals on RDU Forest, the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) stated a poll with a simple question, use the land for a quarry or park expansion. Results were overwhelming FOR park expansion:
2,870 voted: 97% wanted Park expansion; 3% quarry
View letter from NC State Parks to the Raleigh Durham Airport Authority (RDUAA) here.
Resolution Supporting The Conservation Fund’s Request to Purchase the “Odd Fellows/Crabtree Creek” Property from the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority to Expand Umstead State Park.
Download the PDF of the approved resolution here.
Raleigh, NC – An exciting, vibrant future has been proposed for a tract of non-aviation land currently owned by RDU airport. The Conservation Fund submitted a fair market offer of nearly $6.5 million to the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority to purchase a 105.46 acre parcel, known locally as the “Oddfellows” tract. The parcel of land sits between Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Park and William B. Umstead State Park, and encompasses many miles of hiking and biking trails that are beloved by the community. The land would be preserved as an expansion of Umstead State Park, extending recreational trails and protecting a critical nexus of greenway connectivity in the Triangle Region.
The proposed purchase is a welcome alternative to a plan under consideration by RDU to lease the land for the construction of a new quarry. Construction of a new quarry would destroy the land and trails forever, while providing RDU only a modest short-term profit. The quarry plan has fervent community opposition, with close to 7,500 supporters signing a petition that opposes a new quarry and urges RDU to preserve the land as a forested recreational space.
The Conservation Fund’s proposal to purchase the land for Umstead State Park is an opportunity for RDU to collaborate with the community to protect valued recreational land, while realizing revenue from land that is not needed for aviation use. The Conservation Fund and its partners are prepared to raise public and private funds to finance the purchase, and the Fund proposes to close the purchase on August 31, 2018.
Community groups, united as the RDU Forest Coalition, celebrate the Conservation Fund’s proposal as a momentous move forward towards preservation of Umstead State Park and Wake County’s Lake Crabtree County Parks, and their surrounding recreational areas. “We are extremely hopeful that RDU is ready to work with the community to expand Umstead State Park and protect an irreplaceable and popular recreational space that has been enjoyed by locals for decades,” says Jean Spooner, Chair of the Umstead Coalition. “We see this as a win-win solution for both RDU and the community, and we’re excited about the opportunity for expanded hiking and mountain biking opportunities in such a popular, central area” added Dave Anderson, advocacy chair for the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC).
For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Dr. Jean Spooner, Umstead Coalition, 919-602-0049, email@example.com
David Anderson, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), 919-345-8011, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Lew, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC), 919-812-6446, email@example.com
Two design charrettes are planned on September 12, 2016, at the PNC Area. Come to either the morning or afternoon session to participate in designing the project, including the bicycle and pedestrian facilities as well as the Wade Avenue Bridge improvements.
When: September 12, 2016
Where: PNC Arena Club – East
Please take the opportunity to attend one of two identical sessions:
Cannot Attend These Session? Please mark your calendar for one of the Board and Commission Meetings in order to provide input on the ideas captured during the charrette. The project team will be in attendance to talk with the public about the ideas. There will be a brief presentation on the project during each of the three meetings.
All three presentations will be at the City Council Chambers of the Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
UNC-TV Special- Saving the Best: North Carolina State Parks at 100 aired as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of NC State Parks and is a tribute to the men and women who work and volunteer in our parks, as well as the 15 million visitors who use our parks each year. Watch carefully and you will see a LOT of Umstead State Park footage! You can now stream the show online here.
The calendar includes Park hours for each month, when the family campground is open, when the boat house on Big Lake is open, phases of the moon, major holidays, and more.
Congratulations to all the photo contest winners! Winning photos are on exhibit at the Park's Visitor Center's auditorium. You can also see the on our website at: 2015 Photo Contest winners
Sales of the calendar support William B. Umstead State Park!
Visitor Center, William B. Umstead State Park (now $5)
Quail Ridge Book store
NC Bond Proposal Has $1.725 Million for Umstead State Park!
The Bond passed by overwhelming majority of voters in March 2016 elections.
Thanks for everyone's support in contacting your legislatures -- because of YOU and the help of Friends of State Parks the Senators went from $0 to $75 Million for NC State Parks in this bond and the House passed the revised version. All NC State Parks have projects, but the funding level was decreased from the requested total of $100 million.
The ratified bill:
In addition, the passed budget funded the Parks and Recreational Trust Fund. No Park staff positions were lost (as was in some earlier budget versions). The legislature also include a provision that prevents NC State Parks from charging parking or entrance fees!
The budget also allows for 'dynamic pricing' meaning that the NC Division of Parks and Recreation (NC State Parks) has the ability to use market pricing strategies (e.g., charge less in non-peak times for a campsite or more for a lakefront campsite as compared to a third row).
The bill that proposed to transfer land from Umstead State Park to the RDU airport (for development) failed -- again, thanks for everyone's help getting that terrible idea defeated!!
Please join The Umstead Coalition and Friends of State Parks in thanking our NC Representatives and Senators for their vision to help NC State Parks!
The Umstead Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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