Wake County Parks Programs Go Fee-Free in 2019
Wake County ending fees for most park activities
PHOTO COURTESY OF HISTORIC YATES MILL COUNTY PARK
Canoe rentals, nature programs and special hikes are just a few of the many things Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space offers that will be free to all residents starting Jan. 1, 2019.
“We decided to eliminate fees for our programs, because even though the cost to patrons was minimal, it could still be a barrier and prevent people from participating,” says Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “We’re hopeful that going ‘fee-free’ will bring more individuals, families and groups to our parks, so they can enjoy more of what we have to offer.”
So far in 2018, more than 385,000 people have visited Wake County’s 10 parks and nature preserves.
There are some exceptions to the new fee-free structure. Fees will still apply for:
- Historic Yates Mill tours
- Shelter rentals
- Lodge reservations
But, everything else, from bird watching programs to Lake Crabtree boat rentals and wagon rides, will come at no charge. Need ideas for fun? The new Park Locator makes it easy to explore all the parks and preserves in Wake County. Filter results by activity — like live animals, playgrounds, skate park and more — or location, and get customized directions on how to get there.
As part of the change, Wake County will also stop accepting cash on site at its parks and preserves. Credit and debit cards will be accepted on site and online.
Source: Wake County Government