Schematic Design Approved for Raleigh’s New Kellam-Wyatt Farm

A new park is coming to town near the Raleigh/Knightdale border. 

Prepare to be green with envy over Raleigh’s newest urban oasis (!). The Wake County Board of Commissioners recently approved the schematic design for Kellam-Wyatt Farm, a three-generation family farm and woodland sanctuary located near the Raleigh/Knightdale border. 

The land’s roots can be traced back to 2013, when Bob Kellam and Susan Wyatt granted a conservation easement to the City of Oaks Foundation to ensure the protection of the property’s natural heritage. In 2018, the pair donated the land to Wake County, and staff undertook a master planning process that was eventually approved by the Board of Commissioners in December 2021. Now, Phase 1 of the design is finally in the works. 

Kellam-Wyatt Farm

“As Wake County continues to grow rapidly, it’s more important than ever that we preserve our open spaces and provide places for residents to exercise and enjoy themselves,” says Commissioner Don Mial.

The park design includes woodland and meadow trails, community gardens, demonstration gardens, open play areas and a nature playground, as well as a 2,600-square-foot covered community pavilion, parking, a maintenance facility and improved site access.

On top of the already detailed plan, the farm will host a park center that will provide indoor and outdoor classroom space, restrooms, and staff offices. The project will also feat. green stormwater infrastructure, solar panels, native plants and public art for visitors to enjoy. 

Funded by the 2018 voter-approved Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space Bond, the park is expected to open to the public in 2025. 

“Kellam-Wyatt Farm will be a true gem in our community,” adds Mial, “and I’m excited to take the next step toward its completion.” Get excited to get outdoors!

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