Parks & Recreation

Welcome to the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department! Our mission is to enhance the lives of the citizens of Wake Forest by offering a comprehensive system of parks, greenways, facilities, and open spaces coupled with cultural and athletic programs that promote education, health, and wellness.

We manage 561 acres of parks, open space, natural land and trails. This includes five baseball/softball fields, three soccer fields, one pool, six picnic areas, eight playgrounds, eight lighted tennis courts, Flaherty Dog Park, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, the Wake Forest Community House, Flaherty Park Community Center, and more than 50 miles of developed and undeveloped greenway trails.


Parks & Recreation Offerings


Program Registration
Registration for classes and programs at Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St., is accepted daily at the Flaherty Park Community Center only.

Registration for classes and programs that are held at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., is accepted daily on site. 

For all other classes, programs, and for athletic programs, regisration is held daily at the Parks and Recreation Department office, located in Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. A registration form must be completed to register for a class, program, or athletic league. A copy of the participant's birth certificate is required for all youth athletic leagues, along with an Athletic Registration Form. Online registration is available for athletics and selected programs. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


Rules to Remember
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all town facilities, and smoking is limited to parking areas only. Use of personal grills, including gas and/or charcoal, is prohibited in all parks.


RecConnect
Our RecConnect newsletter
provides complete details on registration deadlines, cultural and athletic programming, parks and facilities and more!


Inclement Weather
In case of inclement weather, Wake Forest residents should call the Weather Line at 919-435-9569 for information concerning changes to the town's regular schedule. The Weather Line will provide updates concerning all town-sponsored programs and activities, including Parks and Recreation games and practices, as well as concerts, festivals, and other special events. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes. 


Vision for the Future
The Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department's Master Plan was developed in 2005.