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Taylor Street Park Sprayground set to reopen today at 10 a.m.

The Taylor Street Park Sprayground will reopen today at 10 a.m. after being closed since Saturday.

Town officials were forced to close the facility after a patron inadvertently tampered with sprayground equipment causing it to malfunction. The system has been repaired and is functioning properly.

Located in the vicinity of Taylor Street Park and the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., the sprayground is open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Free and open to the public, Wake Forest’s first sprayground is adynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements – flowing, misting, and jetting – with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

For more information, contact Athletic Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or

Volunteers needed for July 4 Art & Games in the Park

The Wake Forest Fourth of July Planning Committee will host Art & Games in the Park on Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at R.H. Forrest Field, 123 W. Owen Ave.

Volunteers are critical to the success of the event and needed to perform a variety of roles in 90-minute shifts. Volunteer positions will require both standing and walking, and all volunteers must be at least 14-years-old.

Anyone interested in volunteering may sign up online at

For more information, contact Fourth of July Planning Committee Chair Rob Mitchell at

Sprayground closed due to tampering

Due to an unintentional act by a sprayground patron, the Taylor Street Park Sprayground is not operating and will be closed until further notice.

Earlier today, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff determined a child tampered with the sprayground equipment Friday afternoon causing it to malfunction.

Staff is working to address the problem, but there is no timetable for when the sprayground will reopen.

Renaissance Centre & Women’s Theatre Festival to host “Occupy the Stage” June 30-July 1

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts and the Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) are hosting an around-the-clock 24-hour event called “Occupy the Stage” June 30-July 1. The event will take place from 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, through 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Geared to women ages 16 and older, “Occupy the Stage” will feature “staged” readings from across the country, along with a host of workshops, such as “Marketing 101” and “How to Run a Lighting Board.” The event will also offer several discussion panels and devised theatre pieces, including local playwright and poet Debra Kaufman workshopping “The Illuminated Dresses.”

Founded in 2016 to create, produce and promote extraordinary theatre by women, the WTF encourages women to aspire to leadership roles in the theatrical field. During “Occupy the Stage,” WTF members can participate in a “VIP Track” that features the best theatrical practitioners in our area offering guidance on several specialized theater-related topics.

A new addition to this year’s event will be “Occupy Kids,” where children can enjoy activities tailored to them while their parents attend other parts of the “Occupy” event.

Occupy 2018 jumpstarts WTF’s long-term goal of creating a convention-type atmosphere that establishes the Triangle as a destination to celebrate women and gender equity in the theatrical field.

Tickets are $25 each and include admission to all “Occupy the Stage” activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their pajamas, a blanket and favorite camping gear and settle in for a full 24 hours of theatrical fun that celebrates the talents of women.

For more information, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

Operation A.R.T.® Exhibit June 24

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host a special Operation A.R.T.® Exhibit on Sunday, June 24, from 3-5 p.m. in the Arts Annex, 407 S. Brooks St.

From January through April, the Renaissance Centre partnered with The Joel Fund to offer photography, drawing, painting and writing classes for local veterans and their families through Operation A.R.T. – a collaborative project designed entirely for veterans, active duty military, and their families in and around our community. The June 24 exhibit is an opportunity for participants to showcase their artwork.

Free and open to the community, the exhibit will also include a free musical performance by Roseann McFadden from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The Joel Fund was started to honor a man who served our country as a Navy SEAL for 20 years. The mission of The Joel Fund is to improve the lives of veterans by providing a connection to non-traditional services.

For more information, contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or

Priority Pedestrian Corridor Project set to begin June 25

State Contracting, Inc., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, will begin construction on the Priority Pedestrian Corridor Project on Monday, June 25.

The initiative will provide sidewalk connections along East Wait Avenue from Allen Road to Traditions Grande Boulevard. The project will also include the installation of a multi-use path along West Oak Avenue from the Harris/Wall/West Oak intersection to Abercrombie Road.

The project is expected to be completed in late 2018/early 2019.

Drivers should expect periodic lane closures along East Wait and West Oak throughout the duration of the project, so motorists may wish to avoid these areas and take alternate routes. Whenever a lane closure is required, the contractor will utilize flaggers to safely direct traffic through the work area.

For more information, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area. Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers at all times. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier

Golf carts not allowed on town streets

The Wake Forest Police Department is reminding youth and adult residents that the operation of golf carts on Wake Forest roadways is strictly prohibited. The prohibition includes public streets within town neighborhoods and subdivisions.

North Carolina law defines a golf cart as “a vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 miles per hour.”

All motor vehicles operated on a public street or highway must be registered with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and carry liability insurance. Since golf carts are not considered motor vehicles, they cannot be registered.

Although several North Carolina municipalities have passed ordinances legalizing the operation of golf carts on public streets, Wake Forest is not among them. Anyone caught illegally operating a golf cart within the Town of Wake Forest is subject to criminal prosecution.

The Wake Forest Police Department is especially concerned with the increase in the number of violations involving juveniles on golf carts. In addition to lacking the safety features of cars, the size and weight of golf carts make them dangerous around larger vehicles, particularly when operated by inexperienced drivers.

“Our number one concern is the health and safety of our residents,” said Police Chief Jeff Leonard.

“My hope is that the young people in our community, and their parents and guardians, will be mindful of the potential safety risks and not operate golf carts on our public streets. We need their cooperation to prevent accidents that might injure themselves and others.”

Area residents are reminded that North Carolina law distinguishes between golf carts and Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSEV). While the operation of golf carts on public streets is illegal, state law allows for the operation of LSEV on public streets under the following conditions: the operator possesses a valid driver’s license; the vehicle is registered with the NCDMV, has a valid license tag, vehicleinspection, and valid vehicle insurance.

LSEV’s fall under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 500 (49 CFR 571.500) which states they “must” have the ability to travel between 20-25 mph, and be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers (VIN).

Anyone who brings an LSEV from out of state must provide proof that the LSEV is registered with their state of residence DMV. The LSEV must also have a DMV-issued license tag and valid insurance. The Town of Wake Forest does not offer any type of temporary permit for the use of LSEVs.

For more information, call the Police Department at 919-554-6150.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park continue June 30

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is hosting a free, monthly outdoor movie series through August at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The second in the series of “Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park” will take place Saturday, June 30, at 8:30 p.m. and feature the film “The Lion King.”

Presented by McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments and Capital Powersports, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park feature a variety of family-friendly film favorites and genres, including comedies, dramas and thrillers, all projected on a 26-foot inflatable movie screen in the park’s amphitheater.

New this year, Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park also offer movie-related pre-show activities for kids beginning at 7:15 p.m. Entitled “Meet the Animals of Africa,” the June 30 pre-show activity will include presentations by the NC Museum of Natural History and Carolina Tiger Rescue. Children 12 and under are invited to attend, along with their parents.

Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs but are reminded that alcohol, smoking and unleashed pets are prohibited.

Assorted food vendors will be on site selling snacks and refreshments.

Future film screenings are scheduled for July 28 (Cars 3) and Aug. 11 (Beauty & The Beast). Showtime for each event is 8:30 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is urged to arrive early as viewing space may be limited.

In the event of rain, Family Movie Night may be moved inside Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Updates will be provided on the Town’s website and Facebook page and by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification informing them of any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2018 Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park series: McPherson Family Eye Care, Walters Insurance Agency, Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Capital Powersports, Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, Mosquito Joe of Eastern Wake County, Vision Martial Arts, Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest, Wells Family Dental Group, British Swim School, Michelle Palatine & Co., Triangle Family Dentistry, The College at Southeastern, Avance Care, and Kerr Family YMCA.

For more information, including a listing of each month’s pre-show activity, visit and search “Family Movie Nights” or contact PRCR Events Coordinator Suja Jacob at 919-556-7063 or

Renaissance Centre to host Special Needs Movie Night June 22

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St., will host Special Needs Movie Night on Friday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. The featured film will be “Coco.”

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event will offer exceptional children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment. To help ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, the viewing area will include extra lighting, and the movie’s volume will be slightly lower.

The event’s theme is “fun without repercussions,” so audience members will be encouraged to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Kids are also invited towear their pajamas, so they’ll be ready for bed after movie night is over.

There is no cost to participate, but a parent or caretaker must accompany each child.

Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase, but attendees are invited to bring their favorite snack.

For more information about Special Needs Movie Night, contact Specialized Programs Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093 or

Wake Forest Reservoir soft trail closed June 19-22

The Town of Wake Forest will close the Wake Forest Reservoir Soft Trail from Tuesday, June 19, through Friday, June 22. The temporary closure is necessary to allow tree crews to remove several trees that have fallen or are in danger of falling along the trail.

During the closure, crews will also examine the trail for any other public safety concerns.

Located on the western side of the Wake Forest Reservoir, the dirt trail begins at the boat ramp off Traditions Grande Boulevard and Old Wait Avenue and ends at Oak Grove Church Road. The trail is marked with round metal discs that are orange in color with an arrow pointing in the direction of the trail.

Signage announcing the trail closure will be posted, along with barricades. Greenway users are urged to obey the signs and avoid the area.

For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at 919-435-9443 or

For more information about the Wake Forest Reservoir Soft Trail, visit