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Let’s Keep Protecting our Greenways

Sig has helped transform his community by leading six bond initiatives in Wake County and the City of Raleigh totaling $280 million for open space preservation, parks, greenways, transportation and affordable housing. Thanks to the Open Space & Parks Advisory Committee, all Raleigh citizens, as well as those yet to come, can experience greater water and air quality, increased recreational opportunities, and a more beautiful and natural county.

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Sig’s Track Record Includes:

  • In 2000, after 18 months of study, a newly created Open Space Advisory Committee asked the Wake County Commissioners to place a $15 million Open Space Bond on the ballot. With nothing more than concepts of clean water, more recreational opportunities, wildlife corridor protection, biodiversity, and increased parks and greenways; the bond passed with a 78 percent approval.

  • More than 120 acquisitions totaling 5,460 acres of preserved open space have been completed, which is larger than Umstead State Park. Those funds attracted an additional $26 million from grants and municipalities, as well as private, state and federal funding.

  • Sig partnered with Raleigh, Knightdale and Morrisville to build an additional 12 miles of the existing 140 miles of greenways – including American Tobacco Trail and the Neuse River Greenway.

  • With the purchase of the Turnipseed property in Eastern Wake, more than 1,128 acres of additional parks were created – including Wake County’s first designated “nature preserve.”

  • Turnipseed is an amazing wetland of biodiversity like no other place in the state, if not the Southeast. With more than 130 species of birds migrating through the property, this 225 acre nature preserve is home of an untold number of species of amphibians, reptiles, ferns and mosses, and more than 150 species of lichen.

  • In partnership with the Triangle Land Conservancy, Sig preserved more than 1,000 areas in the Mark’s Creek Watershed – including the 406 acres of Walnut Hill.

  • Sig built new parks such as the Historic Yates Mill County Park. It is the last standing, and only operating waterwheel mill in the Southeast. At one time, more than 70 such mills covered Wake County.

  • In North Raleigh, Sig re-purposed land from the closed landfill, and built the North Wake Landfill Park. Residents and visitors now enjoy the park for mountain biking, hiking, picnicking and recreational activities. In addition, three new parks are being developed with scheduled openings of fall 2014.