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Triangle Trail Center: Vision

The Triangle Trail Center is an exciting vision for what this vast recreational district in Wake County can become, supporting an excellent quality of life and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Under the proposed vision, Umstead State Park will be enhanced and protected. Mountain bikers will have a premier site to use where they won’t be trespassing and breaking the law. The Triangle Trail Center will provide greenway connectivity and complement the 50+ miles of existing trails in neighboring Umstead and Lake Crabtree Parks. New outdoor-focused development including retail, brewpubs and hospitality will make this urban trail center a destination for local recreationists and visitors alike.

The conceptual master plan can help you envision the significant recreational possibilities post-reclamation. Retired quarries around the world provide vast recreational opportunities and have served as an inspiration for the Triangle Trail Center.

Urban Trail Destination

Upon the execution of the mining lease between Wake Stone Corporation and Raleigh-Durham Airport, the recreational benefits of the 151-acre Mountain Bike Center could be enjoyed immediately. After mining ceases in approximately 25 years, the larger vision for the Triangle Trail Center and its many community benefits can be realized.

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After a competitive bid process and more than a year of stakeholder engagement, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and Wake Stone Corporation entered into a land-lease agreement for 105-acres of Airport land adjacent to the existing Wake Stone Triangle Quarry. With the Triangle region’s growing population comes a greater demand for airport and recreational facilities. This agreement is a win-win for the environmental, recreational and economic future of the Triangle region. For updates on the Wake Stone Corporation Triangle Quarry Expansion, click here.

Maintaining a Thriving Airport

$24 Million+ Revenue

Under the agreement approved in March 2019, RDU will be better able to meet our region’s growing travel and economic needs. The deal will provide a significant revenue stream to one of our region’s greatest assets, Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Wake Stone Corporation will lease the 105-acres for the expansion of the existing Triangle Quarry, providing at least $24 million to support RDU Airport’s mounting infrastructure needs and future growth plans.

Maximizing Recreational Amenities

151-Acre Mountain Biking Center

Thanks to the agreement, citizens will have an official site for mountain biking where they won’t be trespassing and breaking the law. The deal provides millions of dollars to help fund the lease of a 151-acre Airport property to support a dedicated destination for the community to enjoy mountain biking in NC Triangle. This provides the opportunity for a premier network of singletrack off-road cycling trails with varied terrains for riders with a wide range of skill levels.

326-Acre Triangle Trail Center

After mining is complete, Wake Stone has committed significant funding to reclaim the Triangle Quarry and RDU properties, adding recreational features for the benefit of the community. The proposed reclamation plan would transform the quarry into a 326-acre recreational destination, complementing and enhancing the nearby Umstead State Park and Lake Crabtree County Park. Features could include green space, scenic overlooks, greenway connectivity and a network of hiking and biking trails with supporting outdoor-focused businesses like shops, restaurants and hotels.

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