Open Space Program


The Open Space Program was established in 2000, along with the Open Space Committee, when the original Open Space Report was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in July of 2000. This report sumarizes the activities of the Open Space Program, which seeks to enhance the County's water quality, preserve wildlife habitats, and protect natural areas for the enjoyment of current and future residents. On April 16, 2009, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the an updated 2009 Guilford County Open Space Report. Both reports can be found under the Documents section of the website.

2004 Parks & Open Space Bond Referendum
The voters of Guilford County approved a bond referendum in November 2004 that provided $10 million to establish nature preserves throughout the County. Preserves are often acquired through bargain sales, where the landowner makes a charitable donation for a portion of the value of the land. 
 
As of 2012, the Open Space Program has protected over 1,100 acres as nature preserves. Many of these Preserves tie into regional trail efforts such as the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway and the Haw River Trail. Some Preserves are also adjacent to schools to facilitate environmental education and low-impact recreation for youth.


Benefits of Open Space
The functions and benefits of open space range from environmental to economic, from conservation to recreation, from corridors for woldlife to paths for people, from buffers to connectors, from quality of water to quality of life, and from soothing the eye to soothing the soul. – Guilford County Open Space Report, 2000.

Protects water quality
Reduces flood damage
Recharges ground and surface water
Improves air quality
Preserves plant and animal habitats
Enhances sound economic growth
Connects people with nature
Provides visual and noise buffers
Sustains local food production
Provides scenic corridors
Offers low-impact recreational opportunities
Provides a legacy for future generations


Open Space Committee

Mission Statement
"The Guilford County Open Space Committee is dedicated to the preservation of open space throughout the County. The Committee identifies suitable lands for preservation, develops plans for their protection, and provides public education about land conservation."

The Guilford County Open Space Committee, formally established in 2000, is the result of a grassroots effort by citizens concerned about the rapid conversion of rural and urban open space to other land uses. You may view the Committee's brochure to learn about the benefits of open space and highlights of the program. The Committee consists of nine voting members, one of whom also serves on the Guilford County Parks & Recreation Commission. Members serve a three-year term and are appointed by the Parks & Recreation Commission. If you would like to become part of this important committee, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here to obtain a Volunteer Application Form (in Microsoft Word Format).

Committee Activities
On April 16, 2009, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2009 Guilford County Open Space Report. This report sumarizes the activities of the Open Space Program, which seek to enhance the County's water quality, preserve animal habitats, and protect natural areas for the enjoyment of current and future residents. This report updates the original Guilford County Open Space Report adopted by the Board of Commissioners in July of 2000.

The Committee is:
• Working with the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation to add more land to the Haw River State Park. Click here to see a map of the planning area for the park. Visit the website of the North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation to learn more about the Haw River State Park. The Committee conceived the idea of a state park in Guilford County, officially nominated the Haw River corridor in 2001, and worked with the Guilford delegation to the General Assembly to pass House Bill 1025 for the park in 2003.

• Working to connect open space with local trails efforts such as the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Haw River Trail.

• Sponsoring studies to assess environmental conditions along major stream corridors. The most recent assessment was completed in the fall of 2003 for a 15-mile stretch of the Haw River in northwestern Guilford County.

• Speaking to civic organizations about the urgent need to protect open space. Contact us at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in having the Committee speak to your organization.

• The Open Space Committe has adopted the following statement concerning the Heart of the Triad project.

• For information on meeting times for this committee, please check the schedule below.

2004 Parks & Open Space Bond Referendum
The voters of Guilford County approved a bond referendum in November 2004 that provided $10 million to help preserve natural areas throughout the County. The Open Space Committee, working with County staff, evaluates and recommends potential land acquisitions using adopted criteria and priorities. Possible methods for acquiring or preserving important natural resources include fee-simple purchase and donations or charitable gifts. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please call (336) 641-3762.

2012 Committee Members
Alice Patterson (Chair)
Gil Vaughan (Vice-chair)
Marie Poteat
Kim Anderson
Dennis Burnette
Dick Feulner
Anne Hice
Marty Spottl
Trudy Whitacre

2012 Meeting Dates
The Open Space Committee meets monthly. Meetings are held in the Old County Courthouse located at 301 West Market Street in Greensboro, in Room 401, at 6:00 p.m.

January 24
July 24 * 5:30 p.m. see below
February 28
August 28
March 27
September 25
April 24
October 23
May 22
November 20
June 26
December (TBD)

*July 24 - Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. (rather than 6:00) at Hagan Stone Park at the campground shelter.

2013 Meeting Dates
The Open Space Committee meets monthly. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except for November and December. All meetings begin at 6:00 PM in Room 401 of the Old County Courthouse located at 301 West Market Street, Greensboro.

January 22
July 23
February 26
August 27
March 26
September 24
April 23
October 22
May 28
November 19
June 25
December (TBD)


The Committee conducts its property walks to view potential properties on the Third Tuesday of the month.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for details.


Partners
The Committee has worked with many organizations that share an interest in helping willing landowners preserve natural areas. Visit some of these groups through the links below:

Piedmont Land Conservancy
Haw River Assembly
Town of Summerfield

Contact Us:
Guilford County Open Space Program
P. O. Box 3427
Greensboro, N. C. 27402
Phone: 336-641-3762
Fax: 336-641-3802


Parks and Recreation Commission

The Guilford County Parks & Recreation Commission was formed after the voters of Guilford County approved a $12 million parks and recreation facilities bond referendum in 1988. The Parks & Recreation Commission is made up of 16 citizens and is charged with the mission of:

  • Acquiring land for park development.
  • Constructing greenway trails.
  • Developing rural recreational facilities.


The Commission has guided the acquisition and development of seven regional parks with a total of 2,300 acres preserved for active recreation and natural areas/open space in Guilford County. Guilford County voters approved an additional $10 million in bond funds in May 2000 and another $20 million in November 2004 for continued development of the County park system and the preservation of natural areas for the public.

If you would like to volunteer for consideration for appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission, click here to apply online with our Volunteer Application.

2013 Parks & Recreation Commission Members

At-Large Members
Term Expiration
Allison Forrester
12/31/2015
Francis (Frank) Forde, Jr.
12/31/2015
Randall Crum
12/31/2013
Charles (Andy) Nelson
12/31/2015
Bill Revels
02/01/2015
Bernie Meyers
12/31/2013
James Burroughs
12/31/2013
Gil Vaughan, Jr.
03/01/2014
Bob Kollar
06/30/2014
Municipal Members
 
Councilman Foster Douglas (High Point)
NA
Lawrence Straughn (Jamestown)
NA
Matt Lojko (Greensboro)
NA
Mike Dupree (Gibsonville)
NA
County Commissioner Member
 
Alan Branson
12/31/2015


2013 Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting Schedule


The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Guilford County Parks & Recreation Commission, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the 4th Floor Conference Room, Old Courthouse, 301 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC.

Date
Location
January 8
4th Floor Conference Room
February 12
4th Floor Conference Room
March 12
4th Floor Conference Room
April 9
4th Floor Conference Room
May 14
4th Floor Conference Room
June 11
4th Floor Conference Room
July 9
4th Floor Conference Room
August 13
4th Floor Conference Room
September 10
4th Floor Conference Room
October 8
4th Floor Conference Room
November 12
4th Floor Conference Room
December 10
4th Floor Conference Room

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