Support for our growing airport and recreational benefits for the 151-acre mountain bike center are immediate. After mining ceases in approximately 25 years, the reclamation and larger vision for the Triangle Trail Center can be enacted.
The conceptual visual includes a number of possible recreational features for the retired quarry. Wake Stone has set aside significant funding and a vision to support future recreational features, such as those included on the conceptual plan. The exact features of the Triangle urban trail center, however, will be determined closer to the reclamation date with extensive input from stakeholders and the public for what they ultimately want this property to become.
Water and air quality will be protected through state and federally regulated stormwater discharge, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and air permits. Wake Stone Corporation has a 38-year proven track record of successfully operating the Triangle Quarry right next door to Umstead State Park with an excellent record—not one single permit violation.
Retired quarries can pose a public liability. How would the Triangle Trail Center ensure safety of recreationists and mitigate risks?
There are many ways to mitigate the danger of an open pit, and if managed properly, there should be no threat to the public. Quarry reclamation is unique to every quarry operation, location and terrain. A “Reclamation Plan” is an integral part of the permitting process for new and expanding quarries, and it must be accepted and approved by the permitting agencies before mining can take place. At a minimum, slopes and structures must be stable and vegetated, and permanent barricades must remain in areas where necessary.
The land-lease agreement marks the beginning of a two-year due diligence process. No mining or land disturbance will occur during the due diligence period. At the conclusion of the due diligence period, there will be ample opportunity for public input throughout the Triangle urban trail center permitting process.
Friends of Triangle Trails is an initiative backed by Wake Stone and supporters to provide information on the RDU lease agreement and future vision for the Triangle Quarry reclamation and Future Triangle Trail Center. It is an effort by proponents of the quarry expansion who view the lease agreement as a win-win for the recreational, environmental and economic future of the Triangle region.