Joyner Park Community Center grand opening is Saturday
You’re invited to the official grand opening of the Joyner Park Community Center (JPCC) this Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will serve as the official opening of the new 32,000 square-foot community center and the adjacent playground.
Saturday’s grand opening will include a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the facility until 2 p.m., a fitness fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., class demonstrations and light refreshments.
The occasion will also offer attendees the opportunity to obtain a Rec Card which is now required to access amenities offered at all PRCR facilities, including the JPCC. Rec Cards are free for Wake Forest residents, but the following fees apply for people who live outside the Wake Forest town limits and do not pay Wake Forest property taxes: Individual - $25; Family, $50 - Drop-in fee - $5.
To obtain a Rec Card during the JPCC grand opening, you must first create an online profile at https://wakeforestnc.recdesk.com. Then, on Saturday, have your picture taken and present proof of residency at one of the Rec Card stations inside the JPCC. Acceptable forms of proof include a valid picture ID with your current address, a current utility bill with your street address, or other document that includes your full name and address.
Area residents may visit PRCR facilities any time, but a Rec Card is required to access the amenities, such as open gym times, cardio equipment and walking track. Anyone who qualifies for a Rec Card but does not want one must pay the $5 drop-in fee to utilize these amenities.
The JPCC will officially open for business Monday, Oct. 21. Normal operating hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
Situated in E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, the JPCC is designed to blend in with current Joyner Park structures and the natural habitat. The facility features a walking track, gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, multi-purpose rooms, dance studio and kitchen. It also houses the staff offices for the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department.
A 2014 Wake Forest Bond Referendum initiative, the JPCC will account for just over $11 million of the $14.2 million worth of parks and recreation facility projects town voters approved in November 2014. The other parks and recreation initiatives include the Joyner Park playground and amphitheater cover and renovations to the Northern Wake Senior Center.