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Wake County Commissioners Approve Kellam-Wyatt Farm Design
A 59-acre urban oasis in east Raleigh is one step closer to reality after a unanimous vote by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
Commissioners approved the schematic design for Kellam-Wyatt Farm, a three-generation family farm and woodland sanctuary donated to the County in 2018. The farm is located in east-central Wake County near the Raleigh/Knightdale border.
“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,” said Commissioner Don Mial. “Kellam-Wyatt Farm will be a true gem in our community, and I’m excited to take the next step toward its completion.”
The schematic design for phase 1 of the park features community gardens, demonstration gardens, woodland and meadow trails, open play areas and a nature play playground. It also includes a 2,600-square-foot covered community pavilion, maintenance facility, parking and improved site access.
A home that currently stands on the grounds will be renovated into a park center. This unique, multistory facility will provide indoor and outdoor classroom space, restrooms and staff offices. The project will also include green stormwater infrastructure, solar panels, native plantings and public art.
In 2013, Bob Kellam and Susan Wyatt granted a conservation easement to the City of Oaks Foundation to permanently protect the unique agricultural and natural heritage of the property. In 2018, Bob and Susan donated the land to Wake County.
Staff soon embarked on the master planning process, which included multiple rounds of community engagement and input. The Board of Commissioners approved the master plan in December 2021.
The Kellam-Wyatt Farm project is funded by the 2018 voter-approved Parks, Greenways, Recreation and Open Space bond. Construction is expected to begin in winter 2024, with the park opening to the public in 2025.