Town Update - Sanitation & Bus Service, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:48pm

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Town of Wake Forest is implementing several operational changes to encourage social distancing. These changes are designed to keep Town staff and the public safe, while maintaining essential services. Provided below is an update on Town services and operations, along with important reminders to help protect our community.


Effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, Wake Forest Public Works will suspend bulk waste collection until further notice. All bulk waste collections scheduled for the week of March 23 will be honored. However, Wake Forest residents are urged not to place any bulk waste behind the curb until the suspension is lifted.

Effective 5 p.m., Friday, April 3, Public Works will suspend yard waste collection until further notice. The week of March 30 offers Wake Forest residents one last chance – until the suspension is lifted - to leave yard waste behind the curb by 7 a.m. on their normal collection day.

Trash and recycling collection will continue as scheduled.

Bus Service

Effective Monday, March 30, Wake Forest Loop B and the Wake Forest-Raleigh Express are suspended until further notice. Loop A will continue to operate as scheduled. Riders are asked to board GoRaleigh buses using the rear doors in an effort to promote greater social distancing. Front door access will be available for persons with disabilities. Per CDC guidelines, if you are sick, please stay at home and only travel if it is absolutely necessary. Please cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching your face, and keep distance between yourself and others. These practices can help limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community. For more information, call 919-485-RIDE (7433).

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

All Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department-sponsored cultural programs and classes have been suspended through May 17. No decision has been made on youth and adult athletics programs.

The PRCR Department will continue to offer a liberal refund policy for programs and rentals. Full refunds will be issued for any registered athletics and cultural programs, camps, classes and facility reservations canceled due to COVID-19, while pro-rated refunds will be issued for suspended programs that resume. For more information, call 919-435-9560.

All greenways and parks, including Flaherty Dog Park, remain open to the public, yet all water fountains are turned off and bathrooms, playgrounds and picnic shelters are closed.

The PRCR Department has released guidelines advising citizens how to use Town parks and trails in a manner that will reduce the transmission of COVID-19. These guidelines are based on direction from the National Recreation & Parks Association:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during, and after use of parks or trails.

  • Be prepared for no access to public restrooms, potable water, or protection from the elements.

  • Observe CDC’s minimum separation of six feet from other individuals at all times.

  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass.

  • Follow CDC guidance on the maximum advisable size of social gatherings.

  • Reduce crowding and travel by sticking to close-to-home parks and trails.

  • Select alternatives to crowded parks and trails.

  • Minimize use of high-touch park amenities such as benches, picnic tables, trash cans, and railings.

  • Obey all closures of community centers, playgrounds, and restrooms.

For COVID-19 updates on Town operations, programs and services, along with links to official health resources, visit