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Ailey Young Dam Removal Stream Restoration Project Public Meeting May 29

The Town of Wake Forest will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 29, to gather public input on the Ailey Young Dam Removal and Stream Restoration Project. The meeting is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

The session will have an open house format, so area residents may drop by any time between 4:30 and 7 p.m. to ask questions and provide feedback.

In 2014, a structural inventory of bridges and dams within Town-owned parks identified the need for the Ailey Young Dam Removal and Stream Restoration Project. The initiative involves “Peggy’s Pond,” which is situated in the rear of Ailey Young Park, 800 E. Juniper Ave., adjacent to the existing basketball courts.

The Town purchased the property in 1981 and created Ailey Young Park several years later. In recent years, the pond dam outlet has experienced a significant failure resulting in major erosion, a drop in water levels and an adverse effect on aquatic life.

The initiative proposes the removal and replacement of the dam and pond with a stream restoration and two small wetlands for continued habitat. The project would revert the Unnamed Tributary to Dunn Creek back to its original pre-1953 condition prior to its use as a farm pond.

The stream restoration effort will also include an observation deck for wildlife viewing, native-non-invasive plantings and environmental education.

During the May 29 public meeting, design engineers and staff will be on hand to answer questions or concerns as well as inform citizens about the project.

Area residents may also offer their input online via the “Contact Us” form on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/contactus.aspx.

Wake Forest obtained 100 percent funding for this project in the amount of $693,105 from the NC Department of Justice Environmental Enhancement Grant, NC Department of Environmental Quality’s EPA 319(h) Grant, and the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Development Grant.

For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at hmiller@wakeforestnc.gov or at 919-435-9443.

Focus Design set to begin work on Senior Center expansion

The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners awarded the contract for the expansion of the Northern Wake Senior Center to Focus Design Builders during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 15.

The total cost of the project is $3.9 million, which will include the addition of exercise and multi-purpose rooms and the replacement of the roof.

The project was delayed in February after the Town received only four responses to the initial Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The Town re-advertised the project in March and nine general contractors submitted their qualifications. Ultimately, Focus Design Builders submitted the low bid.

Work is scheduled to begin in late May or early June. Focus Design has pledged to complete the work within nine months.

Tentative plans are underway for a groundbreaking ceremony in early to mid-June.

For more information, contact Inspections Director JJ Carr at 919-435-9519 or jcarr@wakeforestnc.gov.

Wake Forest & Kino Mountain win prestigious video production awards

The Town of Wake Forest and Kino Mountain Productions are two-time winners in the 2018 Telly Awards.

The 39th Annual Telly Awards recognized Wake Forest and Kino Mountain as “Bronze” Telly Award winners for their Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department video, “Creating Experiences for Everyone” and the four-part documentary series, “The People Behind Wake Forest Power.” Both were produced through a collaborative effort between the Town of Wake Forest and Kino Mountain Productions, a full-service video production and creative services company.

Video production partners since 2010, the Town and Kino Mountain also nabbed a Telly Award in 2017 for their economic development collaboration, “Big City Energy, Small Town Charm.”

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding content for TV and Cable, Digital and Streaming, and Non-Broadcast distribution. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. This year’s winners include companies, agencies and organizations of all sizes, from large multinational media companies to small ad agencies and local production houses.

A sample of recent winners include BET Networks, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, Comcast, Conde Nast, DigiDojo, Discovery Communications, Disney, ESPN, FleishmanHillard, Fox, HBO, Hearst, HOBO, HuffPost, Indigo Films, IW Group, Microsoft, MLB, NBC, PBS, SapientNitro, Story House, Team Coco Digital, The Guardian, The History Channel, Time Warner, Tiny Hero, Trailer Park, Universal, Vayner Media, Viacom, and VML.

For more information, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or bcrabtree@wakeforestnc.gov.

New town limit signs identify Wake Forest as “Purple Heart Community”

The Town of Wake Forest recently installed new town limit signs to mark Wake Forest’s corporate limits.

In addition to reinforcing the Town’s brand by highlighting the “Town tree,” the new signage prominently identifies Wake Forest as a “Purple Heart Community.”

In July 2012, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2012-76 thereby designating Wake Forest as a “Purple Heart Community” – the first of its kind in North Carolina.

Three years earlier, several area residents formed the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation (WFPHF) to plan an annual banquet for Purple Heart recipients and their families. Since then, the annual banquet has honored well over 400 Purple Heart recipients.

The WFPHF is also involved in several other community projects. This year, from Oct. 18-21, the WFPHF is bringing “The Wall That Heals” to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Wake Forest is the only community in North Carolina slated to host TWTH in 2018.

In addition, the WFPHF is partnering with Bright Memorials to install a Purple Heart memorial in the vicinity of Town Hall. The group also sponsors a float in the annual Christmas Parade and works with local veterans organizations to host a monthly flag-raising ceremony to honor deceased veterans.

Due tothe efforts of the WFPHF, the North Carolina Purple Heart Foundation was created and now hosts several banquets for Purple Heart recipients across the state.

For more information about the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, contact Greg Harrington at gharrington@wakeforestnc.gov.

Work underway on Joyner Park Community Center

Barnhill Construction Co., a contractor working on behalf of the Town of Wake Forest, has started the initial phase of construction on the Joyner Park Community Center, located in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. The work includes the removal of several trees just north of the current visitor parking lot.

Park visitors are advised that walking trails in the vicinity of the construction site have been closed out of concern for public safety.

No trespassing signage is posted prominently throughout the work zone. Officials are strongly urging area residents to obey the posted signage and avoid the construction area.

Designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat, the new 32,000-square-foot Joyner Park Community Center will feature a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen.

Projected for completion in 2019, the facility will be constructed in a manner consistent with the park’s natural beauty and rustic feel.

For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/joyner-park-community-center.aspx or contact Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561 or rwall@wakeforestnc.gov.

Renaissance Centre unveils new & improved website

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website at www.wakeforestrencen.org/.

Built and hosted by VC3, the Renaissance Centre’s new site offers a more functional and responsive design, which means the website is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device for mobile web users.

The visitor-friendly site is also American Disability Act compliant and features prominent, colorful slideshow-style event banners, along with an event carousel highlighting upcoming programs and performances.

The site also offers improved navigation menus, friendly URLs, social media integration and access, improved online payment capability, and mobile phone/tablet accessibility.

In addition, the new website features a new and improved calendar offering one source for visitors to learn about all of the events scheduled to take place at the Renaissance Centre.

The homepage also prominently identifies all of the current members of the Renaissance Centre Partners Circle.

Other pages throughout the site provide information related to renting the Renaissance Centre, educational programming, planning your visit to the venue and much more.

In 2013, the Town of Wake Forest partnered with VC3 to build and host the original Renaissance Centre website. VC3 has over 20 years of experience and focuses on municipal and county governments.

Citizen and staff feedback were an important part of the entire process of building the new site, as area residents and Town staff were invited to provide feedback prior to the creation of the new site.

The new website is a work-in-progress that will continuously be updated to provide useful information in an easy-to-find and accessible format.

The Town of Wake Forest always welcomes feedback about its programs and services. If you have a comment or suggestion about the new website, simply fill out the “Contact Us” form online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/contactus.aspx.

Joyner Park to host National Trails Day June 2

The Town of Wake Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

The free event will include an Environmental Education Expo, LimeBike bike-share kickoff, Family Yoga and much more.

Featuring interactive environmental education stations set up throughout Joyner Park, the Environmental Education Expo will offer both children and adults a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of nature while learning about the environment. As part of the expo, attendees will have the opportunity toget an up-close look at a variety of living things they might encounter along Town trails and greenways:

  • Examine reptiles and amphibians and learn about their tracks and signs at an exhibitfrom the NC Museum ofNatural Sciences;

  • Learn how to identify song birds;

  • Learn how to identify and reduce stormwater pollutants;

  • Learn all about bees;

  • Hear animal night calls;

  • See camping exhibits, reptiles and more!

This year’s National Trails Day will also serve as a kick-off to Wake Forest’s new bike-share program with LimeBike. LimeBike officials will be on hand offering free LimeBike rides throughout Joyner Park.

The day’s festivities will also include Family Yoga sessions from 9:30-10 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m., as well as Hoop Jam & Singing Bowl Soundbaths from 10 a.m.-noon. Anyone planning to participate in Family Yoga is encouraged to bring a yoga mat.

National Trails Day attendees can also learn more about North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the seven principles of Leave No Trace.

Several local organizations and businesses are scheduled to participate in the Environmental Education Expo, including Heritage High School, Wakefield High School, Wake Forest High School, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail, the Boys and Girl Scouts, PetSmart and many more.

Children who pick up a passport at the Wake Forest Greenways Advisory Board booth and have it stamped at 15 stations or more will be eligible for a special prize (while supplies last). Children who have their passport stamped at every station will be eligible for bigger prizes.

Lumpy’s and Big C Chicken & Waffles will also be onsite offering delicious food and sweet treats.

For more information, including a complete list of participating organizations, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “National Trails Day” or contact Transportation Planning ManagerSuzette Morales at 919-435-9512 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

Transportation Plan public meetings set for Wednesday

The Town of Wake Forest will offer area residents two opportunities to share their transportation-related issues and concerns on Wednesday, May 23. As part of the process of developing the 2018 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, the Town will host back-to-back public meetings at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. Scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m., the two sessions will have identical formats, so area residents have the option of attending at the time they prefer.

Both will include interactive presentations that encourage attendees to identify and discuss transportation challenges and concerns in Wake Forest. Following the presentations, participants will be invited to visit several workstations where they can share their ideas and opinions on a variety of topics, including safety, intersections, roadway congestion, technology, walking, biking and transit.

Community input is the cornerstone of the 2018 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which will address all modes of transportation, including driving, walking, biking and transit. Area residents are encouraged to attend one of the two sessions on May 23 to offer their feedback. Each meeting will last approximately 90 minutes and allow attendees to view anonymously what their neighbors think about transportation issues, then break into smaller groups to focus the conversation on topics of greatest concern.

In addition to attending one of the May 23 public meetings, community members are also encouraged to complete an online survey. Designed to help direct the Town’s transportation planning efforts, the survey is availablethrough Saturday, May 26, and takes approximately five minutes to complete. To complete the survey, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/2018-comprehensive-transportation-plan.aspx.

For more information, contact Transportation Planning Manager Suzette Morales at 919-435-9510 or smorales@wakeforestnc.gov.

“The Wall That Heals – Wake Forest” is now on Facebook

The Wall That Heals (TWTH) Planning Committee is now utilizing Facebook to expand its outreach and communications efforts about The Wall That Heals coming to Wake Forest.

According to TWTH Planning Committee Co-Chair Mandy Duguid, the popular social media site offers an effective means of communicating directly with both Wake Forest residents and non-residents concerning events and activities related to TWTH’s October 18-21 appearance in Wake Forest.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to connect with the Wake Forest community and beyond via Facebook,” said Duguid. “Social media offers us an excellent way to engage people and encourage them to learn more about The Wall That Heals.”

Anyone interested in receiving regular updates about The Wall That Heals in Wake Forest is encouraged to “Like” the page on Facebook. The page is located at www.facebook.com/twthwakeforestnc/.

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall That Heals is coming to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be available 24-hours-a-day beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/twthwakeforestnc/ or www.wakeforestnc.gov/the-wall-that-heals.aspx.