Joyner Park Community Center

The Town of Wake Forest is about to begin construction on the Joyner Park Community Center. 

Joyner Park is comprised of 117 acres - 84 of which are currently being used. Plans call for the center to be constructed on a portion of the park’s 33 remaining acres.


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

The facility will be constructed in a manner consistent with the park’s natural beauty and rustic feel.


Joyner Park Community Center Groundbreaking
June 1, 2018

Area residents are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joyner Park Community Center on Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the vicinity of the visitor parking lot at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

Construction of the 32,000 square-foot facility is expected to begin in early June. The Town awarded the construction contract to Barnhill Construction.

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

Speakers at the groundbreaking event will include Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Director Ruben Wall. Renderings of the building will be on display and the ceremonial shoveling of dirt will occur. A reception with light refreshments will follow the brief ceremony.


Community Meetings & Citizen Input
Children Playing on the Basketball Court in the Joyner Park CenterCitizen input played an important part in the Town's planning process. In January 2017 the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department hosted two public meetings to solicit public feedback concerning the center. Representatives from Clark Nexsen, the facility designer, and the PRCR Department were on hand at each meeting inviting attendees to ask questions and share suggestions.

Discussions focused on potential programming at the center and how to best achieve the appropriate balance between maintaining E. Carroll Joyner Park’s natural charm while adding needed amenities.

The Town of Wake Forest also encouraged area residents to share their comments via email.

Information gathered during the public meetings and via email were used to help identify, develop, and evaluate the design of the community center.


Wake Forest Bond Referendum2014 Bond Referendum
In November 2014 town voters approved $25.1 million in general obligation bonds to finance unmet capital needs in the areas of parks and recreation facilities, streets and sidewalks, and greenways.

The Joyner Park Community Center will account for just over $11 million of the $14.2 million worth of parks and recreation facility projects. The remainder will go towards a new senior center.

For more information, contact Ruben Wall at 919-435-9561.