Parks and Barks: Upcoming Projects in Forsyth County


Matt Community Park’s new tennis courts are almost complete. The courts are currently not accessible, but the county hopes for them to be soon. Photo by Imogene Ragan

Forsyth County has been working on new and upcoming park projects in the past few months which include a new dog park near Forsyth County Animal Shelter, expanding the Big Creek Greenway, and updating recreational parks. Many of these parks are only 10 to 15 minutes from North, and it could be used for after school activities.

One of the most recent updates has been the addition of tennis courts at Matt Community Park off of Wallace Tatum Rd. Despite the weather delays, the courts have been finished and landscaping and cleaning up is in progress. 

At Sawnee Mountain Preserve, the county is scheduled to open up bids, which are suggestions made by the public to implement changes for something, on  Sept. 17 for parking lot improvements.

A big project that is currently taking place is the Big Creek Greenway that spreads throughout the county. The county plans to finish the project at the end of 2020. Phase 1 of this project had been approved by commissioners on  Aug. 11, and construction is planned to start by October 2020. While some work has been completed on some sections of the Greenway, there is still a lot of work to be done to other sections of the trail. Currently, the Greenway is approximately eight miles long, but it is being expanded on.

The Coal Mountain Dog Park had their groundbreaking ceremony on June 25, 2020, and the project is now 70% complete. The new dog park is located next to the Forsyth County Animal Shelter off of County Way. 

With new parks and facility updates on the way, the county has its hands full with ideas and projects. Forsyth County is currently putting together a new dog park, expanding on the Big Creek Greenway, and updating little features over the county. While these projects are the main focus, there are other park updates waiting to be approved and worked on. For more information visit the Forsyth County recreation website. With the parks being within 10 to 15 minutes from North, it could be a possible place for after school activities and hangout places. North students could also do homework and gather here for other school events. 

At Matt Community Park, the county added another public restroom in addition to the tennis courts. The county is working on cleaning up the landscape. Photo by Imogene Ragan