It’s no secret that the Town of Fuquay-Varina is growing. Growth and increased programming have caused many changes at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Recreation program offerings have increased, participation rates have risen, new special events have been produced, and the Town added a very successful youth sports program to its array of services two years ago.
Because of these changes, the Town Board requested an update to the 2009 Facility Master Plan so that the Department could realign facility needs to better match recreation and Town growth trends.
Cooperation to Create The Plan
The Department worked with the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Board to create the plan. Public input was gained through an online survey completed by 757 people that yielded significant information about public preferences regarding upgrades to parks and desired additional facilities in Fuquay-Varina. These preferences, along with projected participation rates and population growth estimates determined prioritization of projects listed in the plan.
Master Plan Projects
The 2014 Facility Master Plan was adopted by the Town Board on October 21. The plan advocates twelve projects at an estimated cost of $6,895,000. Included in those projects are upgrades to existing parks, new amenities in the form of restrooms, a splash pad, outdoor basketball court and the construction of a Cultural Arts Center. The 2014 Master Facility Plan sets a course and vision for the future of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources as the Town continues to grow and the demand for recreational services increases in response to that growth.