The Town of Holly Springs announced today a major land acquisition that answers the growing need for a community park in the western part of town. The purchase of a key piece of land across the street from Holly Springs High School on Cass Holt Road will provide residents their first recreational park in the growing area to the west of the NC 55 highway.
"The purchase of this parkland represents a major step forward to ensure all areas of Holly Springs have equitable access to park facilities, greenways and open space," said Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears. "Quality of life is a major asset of our community and having expansive recreational facilities throughout our town is a priority for the Town Council."
At a cost of $3.8 million, the town will own just under 56 acres of former farm land. The funds to build the park will come from remaining Parks and Recreation bond funding that residents passed in 2011. Planning and building this park will take a number of years to complete. Next steps include creating a park master plan that will allow for build-out of the park in multiple phases.
"Residents asked for a park in west Holly Springs and we are one big step closer to making that wish a reality," said Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Director LeeAnn Plumer. "We are very interested in gathering feedback from residents throughout this park design process to determine the best amenities to serve the community."
Depending on input from residents, potential park amenities could include walking trails, play structures, picnic areas, athletic fields, indoor facility, parking and restrooms.
The land was purchased from the Wright family, who have been Holly Springs residents for generations. The Wright family were the original owners of the historic home in downtown Holly Springs known as the Leslie-Alford-Mims house.
"I could see a great need for a public park and recreation area on our side of town, one where families could spend time outside and relax as well as have fun," said J.B. Wright Jr. "It is my hope that many families will enjoy their time and have as many happy memories as I have had there over my lifetime. Looking forward to seeing it evolve and become a featured destination for Holly Springs residents."