A Message from Wake Forest
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continue to grip our area, nation and world. The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department recognizes and supports the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness. Still, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces during this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.

We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces.

Currently, although our facilities are closed, there are no restrictions on the use of our parks , trails and open spaces. However, the amenities in these areas are not sanitized, so please use with caution and follow the CDC health and safety guidelines.

In addition, we strongly urge all users to follow these recommendations:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
  • Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
  • While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, during visits to parks and park playgrounds, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.

Rest assured, we plan to keep our parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so. However, this situation is ever-changing, so bookmark the Town's COVID-19 web portal and check it often for updates.

Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. We are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our community during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance. 
COVID-19 Information
The Town of Wake Forest wants everyone to be well-informed about COVID-19. We have created a web portal dedicated to information and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal includes a complete list of facilities, events and meetings that are closed or canceled in response to COVID-19, along with a link to NC 2-1-1 and a listing of local food and beverage establishments providing takeout and delivery service. We update the page as new information is made available. The situation with COVID-19 is evolving. To help provide you with facts and allay your concerns Wake County created and is continually adding to a list of frequently asked questions .


NC 2-1-1
NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages.

“Services like NC 2-1-1 are critical during times of emergency,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians can now call 2-1-1 to get the information they need while we continue working together to prevent the spread of this virus.”

North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.

NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.


Town of Wake Forest App
Our COVID-19 web portal , including alerts, cancellations and closures and a link to NC 2-1-1 , is included as a function on the Town of Wake Forest app .


Gentle Reminders
We encourage all community members to consider the following:

  • Stay informed and follow all CDC guidelines for staying healthy.
  • Visit Wake County’s information page regarding local COVID-19 updates.
  • Remain at home and call our health provider if you begin to show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, including running a fever, coughing, or having difficulty breathing. 
  • Limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people.


Contact Information
If you have specific questions about COVID-19 and your risk, email  covid19.questions@wakegov.com  or call 919-856-7044 and someone from Wake County’s public health team will return your message within the next business day.
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