Open space and greenways provide a variety of benefits the ultimately affect the sustainability of economic, environmental, and social health. A summary of these benefits can also be found in the Benefits of Open Space and Greenways Brochure.

Cyclists, joggers, strollers, skaters, people in wheelchairs or who are mobility-impaired, dog walkers, bird watchers, kids and adults, families and friends, recreational users and commuters—in short, everyone and anyone—gain from the presence and production of greenways. As levels of obesity and diabetes rise among our population, the need to stay fit and healthy has never been more urgent.

Neighborhood Benefits

  • Connect and link residents to adjacent neighborhoods, landmarks and activities

  • Enhance cultural awareness and community identity

  • Provide pedestrian-oriented acessibility

  • Increase property values and residential safety

Recreational Benefits

  • Provide for hiking, strolling, biking and other community-wide recreational activities

  • Improve health through active living

  • Offer close-to-home and work access to greater segments of the population

  • Promote Wake Forest as an active health-conscious community

Active Transportation

  • Designed for non-motorized users

  • Connect users to important destinations

Educational Benefits

  • Promote greenway links to schools, cultural, civic and religious centers

  • Foster environmental awareness education programs

  • Create natural, interpretative trails, outdoor amphitheaters and open-air studios

Environmental Benefits

  • Improve water quality by buffering streams and trapping pollutants

  • Preserve wildlife habitat biodiversity

  • Reduce flood damage

  • Reduce traffic congestions and promote clean air