Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on additions to Triad Park, including an amphitheater and disc golf course.Mike Anderson, parks and recreation director for Forsyth County, said most of the work should be completed by the end of January.
“Construction will be finalized within 30 days, and then we will turn it over to the park,” said Page Kluttz, vice president of Hodgin Construction Co.
The new facilities are expected to be available to the public in the spring, Anderson said, though some could open in late winter.
The 426-acre Triad Park spans portions of Forsyth and Guilford counties near Kernersville and Colfax.
The latest additions to the park are near the new Carolina Field of Honor, a veterans memorial constructed by the War Memorial Foundation.
The additions are a new picnic shelter that seats 300; additional parking; restrooms; an amphitheater with lawn seating for about 3,500; an 18-hole disc golf course; and a smaller shelter for the disc golf course area.
Kluttz said people are keeping an eye on the site daily. Every time she pulls up, she said she sees people rubber-necking, wanting to check it out.
“I think people are already chomping at the bit to get on the site and use it, and I think they’re going to be pleased,” Kluttz said.
The disc golf course will be free on a first-come, first-served basis, but it is not open yet. Anderson said the course is going to be one of the best in the area and will be available for tournaments. It has two tee placements for each hole, one for intermediate players, one for advanced players.
The baskets are not in place yet, but Anderson said several local disc golf clubs are eager to use the facility.
“It’s a very well-designed, well-thought-out course,” Kluttz said. “It is a beautiful course.
The amphitheater borders the Carolina Field of Honor and will be ideal for small to medium-size concerts. It should be able to handle about 3,500 people.
“It’s a very nice venue with lawn seating,” Anderson said. “It will really add to the community.”
Anderson said there will be a process for groups to reserve the amphitheater complex. The fee structure is yet to be finalized.
The new facilities will also add another rentable picnic facility to the park. This is a needed addition, since the picnic shelters are full almost every week, Anderson said.
The additions have been years in the making. They are part of Phase 8 of the Triad Park Master Plan.
Both Forsyth and Guilford counties are paying for the amphitheater and other Phase 8 additions.
Forsyth County is paying its portion with two-thirds bond money set aside for park projects. Forsyth also received a $500,000 grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help finance Phase 8 of the plan.
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in March selected Hodgin Construction to complete the project for $1.96 million.
Address: 9652 East Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone: (336) 703-2500
Field of Honor Website: www.ncwmf.org/