Planning and Progress

Read the Johnston County Parks and Recreation Master Plan published in April 2021.


Currently, the following projects are in the works:

  • Booker Tract: New Park in the Cleveland Community
    • 81+ acres of land.
    • Johnston County’s first County Park.
    • Partnership with Greater Cleveland Athletic Association (GCAA).
    • RFQ approved on July 19th, 2021 to seek out engineers for a temporary parking lot and irrigation water system.
      • UPDATE (10/4): County Commissioners approved funding for the design process RFQ of the temporary parking lot and irrigation water system
      • UPDATE (12/6): County Commissioners approved the master plan RFQ for the park's permanent facilities and design
    • A universal ball field will be built following this construction by GCAA.
      • UPDATE (4/8): McGill has been selected to design a temporary ballfield
  • A new partnership between Johnston County Public Schools and Johnston County Parks and Open Space Program
    • All school athletic facilities will be considered public parks, allowing athletic associations to rent/lease fields and facilities for athletic games.
    • Grounds will be maintained by Johnston County Parks and Open Space Program via a shared-use/payment contract with the school system.
    • The first meeting took place on August 3rd, 2021; this is the first of many public meetings involving parks & recreation, public schools, and athletic associations.


For more information about upcoming projects and long-term planning, please email



Location of the main park (corner of Matthew and Polenta Road)

- Location: At the corner of Matthews and Polenta Road lies the Booker Tract, future site of Johnston County's first county park



Adrian O'neal speaking at the first Johnston County parks/schools partnership meeting

- Snapshot from the first Johnston County Parks and Open Space/Johnston County Public Schools meeting; more meetings are planned following this successful partnership


- Infographic of the Project Schedule for the Neuse River Trail Extension Feasibility Study 

Page last updated: July 8, 2022

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