Lake Johnson Park is a prime example of the great parks we have in south west Raleigh. The park sets the tone for why Raleigh is often referred to as “the city within a park.”
I personally love to visit Lake Johnson. In a typical week, I’ll run on the greenways at least twice–and more often when I’m training for a race. It’s a good 3 mile loop around the lake now that the by-pass greenway is open.
Over the last few months, you may have noticed some construction at the park. I decided to catch up with Mark Elmore, Lake Johnson Park Manager, and find out what’s the latest with Lake Jonhson Park. Not only was I curious about the current construction, but I also wanted to find out how to get involved with the Master Planning process for future additions to the park.
Interview with Mark Elmore, Lake Johnson Park Manager
1) What’s the latest on the Lake Johnson master planning process (and how can citizens get involved)?
There will be meetings where the public is invited to attend. The Public Leadership Group has met twice to discuss potential sites for the new facility.
2) When can we expect the dam project to be completed?
March to April 2011.
3) Will the new by-pass greenway remain open after the construction is completed?
4) What are some of the upcoming programs at Lake Johnson that you’d like to highlight?
Lake Johnson Running Group, Karate, Therapeutic Yoga, Bass Fishing Tournament, Boating Safety Courses, Self Paced Triathlon/Duathalon. Much of this information can be found on our webpages on the City website.
5) What is one thing about Lake Johnson park that most people don’t know?
My understanding is that it is the only City lake within the beltline.
Bonus) What is your favorite part of Lake Johnson?
The trail system.
The most recent information can easily be obtained from our webpages on the City website at www.raleighnc.gov. Just search for “Lake Johnson.”
About Lake Johnson Park
Lake Johnson Park is located just off of Avent Ferry Road and has multiple places to park or access via greenways if you’re walking, running, or biking. Lake Johnson has 3.5 miles of paved greenway trails and 1.9 miles of unpaved trails. The park also offers boating, picnic shelters, concessions, facility rentals, and a vast array of classes, special events and recreational opportunities for the entire family.
Interseted in fishing on the lake? You’ll find the Lake Johnson has largemouth bass, shell cracker, crappie, bream, catfish, and carp.