Everyone's Welcome

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Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our parks and preserves.

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division preserves open space, promotes stewardship and provides equitable and inclusive education and outdoor recreation for a diverse and growing community. We believe that different backgrounds and experiences strengthen the organization and produce better results. We value inclusion across race, color, national origin, gender identity, age, religion, sex, disability and experience, and strive to reflect in our workforce the diversity of our community.

How do we define these values?

"Diversity is where everyone is invited to the party. Equity means that everyone gets to contribute to the playlist. Inclusion means that everyone has the opportunity to dance."

– Robert Sellers, Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan

Visit Our Parks' Everyone's Welcome Pages

Choose a location below to learn more about how we are working to make everyone welcome at each of our parks and preserves.

In October: Birding for All

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Celebrate the Year Of The Trail and Birdability Week 2023 with Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space! Several of our parks and preserves have planned special programs to make birding inclusive and accessible to everyone. 

From October 16 - 22, enjoy easy walks discovering different types of birds and their habitats. You can bring your own binoculars if you have them, but we'll also have some on hand to loan out. Beginners and experienced birdwatchers are welcome!