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Celebrating Umstead State Park since 1934!


  • 01/24/2020 1:10 PM | Anonymous

    This is major  change to the Vision 2040 Master plan.  All without public input, the RDUAA want to: dramatically increase the number gates and terminal size on the east, Umstead State Park side, and move forward  first to  lengthening of the eastern runway.

    Please attend this meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 1pm.

  • 01/17/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Regional Transportation Alliance RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (AID) Task Force released its preliminary findings on January 17, 2020. Their main point was to recommend a total revamp of RDU's land use plan - with appreciation to Umstead State Park!

    Here are their Airport Land Use Recommendations

    • RDU property is a valuable resource that should be managed to generate revenue for the airport
    • RDU has the responsibility to leverage its property for compatible and complementary uses Create RDU Real Estate Master Plan with specific timelines, financial requirements; Hire master developer to review entire airport for strategic development opportunities
    • Consider creation of a new “terminal 3” – north of terminal 2, away from Umstead State Park Terminal 3 could be primarily focused on expanded international service offerings; Offer airlines opportunity to build, fund, and operate terminal 3 – and share in capacity risk
    • RDU could consider relocating crosswind (14-32) runway; evaluate compatible uses of that land
    • RDU could do a value engineering review of entire 2040 master plan to build regional goodwill
    • The situation surrounding RDU’s lands and adjacent Umstead Park has been a costly distraction RDU should revisit entire 2040 master plan given the reality of an adjacent, beloved state park
    •  RDU may not be a natural partner with Umstead, but it needs to become one – and vice versa Ask NC DNCR to authorize mountain biking in Umstead State Park at an appropriate location
    Read the full report and the task force's recommendations here.
  • 01/16/2020 10:38 PM | Anonymous

    Written by Lisa Sorg, NC Policy Watch - January 16, 2020

    The RDU Airport Authority today delayed a vote on an 8-foot high, 8.3-mile fence that would cut through parts of Umstead Park, after meeting with state parks officials who have serious reservations about the project.

    The Authority has proposed building the security fence, which would be topped with three rows of barbed wire.

    It would abut parts of the Reedy Creek Multi-Use Trail, bisecting it in two places. The trail  is used by tens of thousands of hikers, cyclists and equestrians every year. The fence’s purpose is to keep trespassers off airport property, which intersects with the park.

    Bill Sandifer, the Authority’s chief operating officer, told the board that the airport would be seeking a “compromise” to the fence.

    “There’s more conversation to be had,” Sandifer said. “We’re taking a short pause. But the fence isn’t going away. We have needs on that side of the airport.”

    Continue reading the article at NC Policy Watch.

  • 01/16/2020 12:33 AM | Anonymous

    On Thursday, January 16, 2020, NC State Parks gave an offer to RDUAA to buy Tract 286 and add it to Umstead State Park. The RDUAA did not accept their offer. 

    NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Chief Deputy Secretary D. Reid Wilson said in the letter:

    "However, a fence as proposed presents multiple problems for the park and its users: 

    • The proposed fence would bisect the park's popular "Reedy Creek Multi-Use Trail in two places; the trail is used by tens of thousands hikers, cyclists and equestrians every year, and it would be far too expensive for the park to move the trail;
    • By creating a permanent eyesore and marring the look and "feel" of the park, the proposed park would greatly harm a fundamental purpose of the park, namely to provide public access to a natural setting for people to enjoy nature and improve their physical and mental health; 
    • The degradation of the visitor experience would likely create among trail users a negative impression of the airport; 
    • Because the proposed fence would cross four large streams, 19 small streams, and 29 temporary streams or ditches, it would damage stream banks, wetlands, and water quality downstream in Umstead Park;
    • The proposed fence would block movements of wildlife, effectively trapping them between airport fences;
    • The proposed fence may constitute an adverse effect to the park's status on the National Register of Historic Places, which could trigger review and requirements under federal or state law"

    Read the full NC State Parks letter to RDU here

  • 01/01/2020 8:47 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

    Available for just $10 at the Umstead State Park Visitor Center and Great Outdoor Provision Co (Cameron Village).

  • 09/19/2019 6:58 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

    NC Senator Wiley Nickel made a big announcement on September 19, 2019 on his Facebook page:

    “We need to protect the Umstead State Park and stop the RDU Quarry.

    I have no control over the Raleigh City Council and the decisions they make. However, as a State Senator I do have influence over the response from the State of North Carolina.

    In the event that the lawsuit goes as expected my office has lined up multiple sources of revenue for RDU and will present the airport with a Plan B for their consideration. My plan would allow RDU to get paid the same amount of money they would have received under the Wake Stone lease as long as they keep this land intact and dedicated to nature. This beautiful land should be preserved for ALL Wake county residents, our children, their children and so on.

    I want to leave our kids a legacy that includes more park land and open space, not a 400 foot hole in the ground.”

  • 09/17/2019 6:57 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

    We are also grateful to the Raleigh City Council for issuing a statement stating their opposition to the proposed RDU quarry. They also said the RDUAA should have obtained the City’s permission before entering into the quarry lease. Their statement issued Tuesday September 17, 2019 is:

    The City of Raleigh  is not in favor of the use of the Odd Fellows Tract as a quarry and believes that the RDU Airport should have obtained the City’s permission before entering into the quarry lease.  The City will wait for the judge’s decision in The Umstead Coalition, et al. v. RDU Airport Authority and Wake Stone Corporation lawsuit and, following the hearing on Thursday, September 19, will decide if and what legal steps it may take going forward.

    View the resolution here.

  • 09/04/2019 11:53 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

    Plan Wake info and survey link

    How will we plan for the next 250,000 residents of Wake County?  You can be a part of this discussion by sharing your thoughts on the priority issues that Wake County should focus on to prepare for the next generation.

    Wake County is kicking off the process to develop its first-ever county-wide comprehensive plan and we need your input to make the project a success. Provide your priorities for the future of Wake County on the project website, This public-driven process will include three rounds of public engagement and targets revealing the new plan in 2020. The first round, Community Priorities, will last through the fall of 2018.

    Learn more about PlanWake on the project website,, which provides numerous ways of keeping up with the project, including a link to the first of three online public surveys and an events calendar with information about where and when the planning team will provide face-to-face public outreach. You can also sign up for emails to stay up-to-date on the project.

  • 08/08/2019 8:36 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

    RDUAA request to be exempted to some of the Neuse Buffer Rules FAILED.

    Thanks to all the citizens and our local Senators and Representatives that stood up and said "no."

    However, the definition of "Airport Facilities" was broadened which allows more options for streams to be destroyed "with mitigation."  That is never as good for the environment as keeping our healthy streams intact.  

    We hope that RDUAA works with DEQ to ensure the policy of avoidance first, then minimization, and mitigation as the last option will be followed.  That is the best process to protect the water quality and quantify of Crabtree Creek and Umstead State Park.  All the airport lands drain directly into Umstead State Park, or via Crabtree Creek.

  • 01/01/2019 3:25 PM | Jean Spooner (Administrator)

    Update:  By the end of December 2018 this latest NC Park Trust Fund Danger was stopped due to huge public outcry - thanks everyone!

    NC Park Trust Fund in Danger

    Senate Bill 821 had been filed in December 2018 by Senator Andy Wells, Catawba County.  It would sunset the NC Parks Trust Fund and Clean Water Management Trust Fund.  The Umstead Coalition has already sent emails to our Legislatures asking for this very BAD bill to be defeated.

    The NC Park Trust Fund and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund have been key funding mechanisms to LOCAL GOVERNMENTS and STATE PARKS on a state-wide basis.  The water quality and recreational infrastructure funding provided under these Trust Funds have had multiplicative returns in increased:  water protections, recreational assets, economic growth, and jobs.  As such, they have tremendous support from the local governments around NC.  As well as the Citizens of NC. 

    Thanks to all who contacted your Senator and Representative and ask them to OPPOSE S821.  To find who represents your:

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