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Posted on: February 6, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Residents Sought to Help Plan Sugg Farm Park

View of Bass Lake from Sugg Farm

Townspeople are needed for a committee that will help guide plans for Sugg Farm Park, 117 acres of meadows and woodlands adjacent to Bass Lake that will remain largely in their natural state.

Eight to 10 residents are needed for the steering committee, which will assist a consultant that the Town has hired to develop a master plan.

The committee will hold four to six evening meetings and make some visits to the property. Plan completion is expected this fall.

Those interested in serving on the panel should contact Len Bradley, Parks and Recreation director, by Tuesday, Feb. 12 at len.bradley@hollyspringsnc.us or (919) 557-3934.

Bradley said the planning for Sugg Farm Park presents special challenges and opportunities in light of a conservation easement that restricts how the land can be used.

“Since almost any type of organized athletic facility will not be allowed,” he said, “the master planning committee will be challenged with the task creating a vision for the park that reflects the wishes of the late owner.”

The Town acquired the property for $1 million at the end of 2012 from a trust in the name of the late Jefferson L. Sugg. The property is located at the end of Grigsby Avenue and once was a working farm. It contains two houses, large sheds and barns.

Town staff spent months negotiating price and discussing permitted uses with the property’s trustees and with Triangle Land Conservancy, holder of the conservation easement.

Wake County has listed the tax value at more than $6.7 million, although the actual market value would be less because of the restrictions on use.

The conservation easement prohibits “intensive recreation” such as team sports or athletic fields.
With the acquisition of Sugg Farm, however, the Town of Holly Springs now has more than 200 acres of protected parkland within, or immediately adjacent to, Bass Lake Park.

In January, the Town Council approved the hiring of Alta Greenways to develop the park plan.

Bradley said the goal is to have the plan ready for Town Council consideration by October.

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