Long Creek Park
The City of Winston-Salem acquired the 164 acre Long Creek Golf Course with the help of The Conservation Fund with plans to transform it into a City Park. In 2018 Cynthia Donaldson and Don Lendle walked the golf cart tracks around the area to get an idea of the habitat and birds present there. They met with William Royston City Parks and Recreation Director, who indicated a keen interest in birds and conservation, and presented their suggestions and recommendations on maintaining and conserving bird habitats at the property. Forsyth Audubon has partnered with The Conservation Fund (www.conservationfund.org) to purchase 3 acres in the north leg of the park which will be gifted to the City with a conservation easement. FA will thus have an opportunity to shape the conservation easement requirements on parts of the Park land ensuring a Bird Friendly Native Plant habitat. The City of Winston-Salem has drafted a master plan for the Park which can be viewed here www.cityofws.org/Departments/Recreation-Parks/Master-Plans .
More public meetings and funding is pending before any plans are finalized.
Forsyth County Commissioners have tentatively agreed to buy 216 acres of land at the northeast part of the county on Belews Lake from Duke Energy. FA representatives have attended public meetings on Dec 10, 2018 and Jan 14, 2019 to engage citizens in potential plans for the park. Please complete an online survey to input your suggestions emphasizing nature trails, native trees/bushes/grasses and minimal disturbance of wildlife habitat. https://www.forsyth.cc/parks/.