Smith Creek Soccer Center

Amenities and Features

  • 17-acre facility
  • three full-size soccer fields
  • playground
  • picnic shelter
  • picnic tables
  • charcoal grills

Reminders

  1. Park open daily from dawn to dusk.

  2. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

  3. Smoking is limited to parking areas only.

  4. Use of personal grills (gas and/or charcoal) is prohibited.

  5. Dogs must be on a leash. Also, please clean up after your dog. Dog waste receptacles and bags are provided.  

  6. View our complete listing of park rules and safety

History

The Smith Creek Soccer Center, located within the Heritage subdivision at 690 Heritage Lake Road in Wake Forest, was bought by the Town of Wake Forest in 2002. The property was originally intended for the planned community but the neighborhood park continues to serve beyond that for the people of the town.[1]

Influential housing developer, Justus “Jud” Ammons bought the original land for the Heritage development from Emmitt Marshall, a dairy farmer, in 1985.  Jud’s son, Andy, would go on to build the 2,600-acre Heritage development starting in 2000 and winning the Master Planned Community of the Year for both 2003 and 2007 by the North Carolina Home Builders Association.[2]

In 2002, the Town of Wake Forest purchased the nearly 17-acre area from Andy Ammons.  By 2005, the Town had acquired and developed the neighborhood park including 3 soccer fields, shelter and playground. A portion of paved walking trail of the Smith Creek Greenway runs along the soccer fields for approximately 0.63 miles and was expanded an additional 2.4 miles in September 2017 south of Rogers Road.[3]

The Smith Creek Soccer Center goes beyond its initial objective of serving the Heritage neighborhood especially with future plans to connect the Smith Creek Greenway to other Greenways in Wake County.[4]

Researched and written by Christine Stanczak, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Board

References

[1] Wake County Register of Deeds, Book 8586, Page 1632

[2] Amanda Hoyle, “Inside Jud Ammons’ world,” Triangle Business Journal, Sep 16, 2016 https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2016/09/16/inside-jud-ammons-world.html; Wake County Register of Deeds, Book 3614, Page 188 http://services.wakegov.com/booksweb/PDFView.aspx?DocID=100850768&RecordDate=01/06/1999 ; https://activerain.com/blogsview/1092298/heritage-wake-forest----townhomes

[3] Master Parks and Recreation Plan, September 2005 https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/residents/parks/park_master_plan.pdf; https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/parks-recreation-cultural-resources/greenways/trails/smith-creek-smith-creek-soccer-center

[4]https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/residents/parks/park_master_plan.pdf; https://www.wakeforestnc.gov/parks-recreation-cultural-resources/greenways/trails/smith-creek-smith-creek-soccer-center

Smith Creek Soccer Center
919-435-9560

Hours of Operation

  • Dawn to dusk

Address

690 Heritage Lake Road