2023 Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum

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Fuquay-Varina provides opportunities to live, work, and play. That’s why it’s one of the fastest-growing towns in North Carolina and has been rated as one of the best places to live in the country.

As a part of the Town’s 2022 Community Survey, 92% of our residents indicated that Fuquay-Varina is a great place to live, and the quality of parks and greenways are a priority. Our parks, trails, recreation facilities, and programs significantly contribute to residents’ quality of life, providing recreational opportunities and facilities that enhance social development and community well-being. They are a key component of our community’s new growth and strong roots.

Quality-of-life enhancements are necessary to keep up with the growing demand and are made possible by strategic decision-making and community investments. To keep up with that demand, our goals are to construct new recreation facilities and Town Park amenities and make existing facility improvements to meet the needs of our community today and in the future.

Attend the Parks and Recreation Bond Public Information Meeting on October 9 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Hilltop Needmore Town Park and Preserve Clubhouse (4621 Shady Greens Drive) to learn more.

Parks and Recreation Bond Overview

On November 7, 2023, Fuquay-Varina residents will have the opportunity to vote on a Parks and Recreation Bond totaling $60 million. The referendum will ask voters whether they approve of the Town’s use of General Obligation (G.O.) Bond financing to pay for parks and recreation projects.

Pickleball, indoor recreation, greenway, and soccer

Potential projects identified in the 2024 Comprehensive Systemwide Master Plan to be advanced with Bond funding include:

  • Future recreational park, 70+ acres, location TBD (baseball, softball, soccer, and similar outdoor athletics fields, shelter, restrooms, and other amenities).
  • Hilltop Needmore Town Park & Preserve improvements and implementation of priorities from the adopted Master Plan (two ballfields, pickleball courts, resurfacing of walking trails, additional parking).
  • Indoor sports complex for basketball, pickleball, volleyball, and other indoor sports.
  • Greenway, location TBD
  • Fuquay-Varina Community Center renovation

Download the Parks and Recreation Brochure Bond brochure.

Schedule a Speaker

Want to learn more about the 2023 Parks and Recreation Bond? If you would like someone to speak at your next meeting or event, contact Communications Director, Susan Weis at 919-552-1417 or by email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every 4-5 years, the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department performs a needs assessment of recreational facilities called a Comprehensive Systemwide Master Plan. As part of that study, the department examines how facilities and programs are used and current growth trends. Using surveys and public outreach, citizens provide input on the recreational opportunities they want to see in Fuquay-Varina. We factor in existing facilities' maintenance needs and devise a plan.

The 2024 Comprehensive Systemwide Master Plan lists $68,509,890 projects. To pay for these investments, the Town will utilize a combination of recreation unit fees; state-funded grants, such as Parks and Recreation Trust Funds (PARTF); other grant opportunities; and a $60 million bond referendum.

Future Park/Indoor Field House

In the past four years, PRCR has seen significant growth in youth and adult sports, gymnasium use, and recreation program participation. Existing facilities are under heavy demand as use has steadily increased each year. For example, youth sports participation has risen 47.6% since 2019.  Due to facility constraints, in some instances, sports registration has been capped, practice times have been limited, and the number of games reduced to accommodate facility limitations.

The current Community Center gym is at full utilization, and the Community Center North gyms, when built, will alleviate some pressure. However, based on future participation projections, additional gym space will be needed to meet citizen demand.

Hilltop Needmore Town Park & Preserve

Improvements and implementation of priorities from the adopted Master Plan.


Two separate surveys indicate that greenways are important to Fuquay-Varina citizens.

The Master Plan survey’s public input efforts identified paths/greenways as a top priority for new construction over the next 5 years.

In the 2022 Community Survey administered by the Town, residents indicated that the Parks and Recreation Department’s top emphasis over the next two years should be the number of walking, biking, and greenway trails.

Community Center

While bringing on new facilities, it is essential to maintain existing ones.

Voter Information

The bond question will appear on the November 7, 2023, general election ballot, along with the candidates for local offices. You can vote on the Parks and Recreation Bond if you are a Fuquay-Varina resident and are registered to vote. 

To make sure you are registered to vote, please visit here. The voter registration deadline is October 13, 2023, for municipal elections on November 7, 2023.

Find polling sites, early voting, sample ballot, and other election information here.