Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 28 holly sprinGs Holly Springs by lynne brandon Progressive yet nostalgic with plenty to do, and with the charm of a small town where folks say hello to each other, Holly Springs is a great place to raise a family. The history of the town is as interesting as its people. Growth was slow and for more than a century it seemed to move at a snail's pace. Incorporated in 1877, it remained a village of only one square mile for more than a century. In 1990, fewer than a thousand people lived in the Wake County town, and the town had only one trafc light in town – a fashing light at that. Barb Koblich, known as the town's information clerk, is also the town historian. "You could stop at Bud's Pick-up, fll up your car with gas, grab live bait for your fshing trip, and Miss Hattie would make you a ham biscuit for the road," said Koblich. "It was one-stop shopping because that's all we had." The news is better these days in the still-friendly town. Today, the thriving town has a population of 30,000 and is growing, thanks to future-thinking town ofcials and residents. Young families are attributed for much of the growth due to the excellent school system, safety factor and recreation opportunities. "People are taking notice of Holly Springs' attraction for young families," says Mark Andrews, public information ofcer for Holly Springs. In 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Holly Springs as 'the best place in North Carolina to raise kids.' The recognition is signifcant because only one town in each state was selected. The city was cited for its high median family income of nearly $100,000, great schools, and quality of life. The town is ranked second on the '50 Safest Cities in North Carolina' list compiled by SafeWise, a home security company. Safety extends to the roads and AAA Carolinas named Holly Springs one of three grand winners among its statewide Trafc Safe Communities awards in 2012. Mayor Dick Sears is proud of his community's accolades and the team efort that makes growth possible. "It is my goal and desire to continue to be involved in making this town one that our citizens do not have to leave for anything that they need or desire —unless they want to, of course," says Mayor Sears. "A major step in that process was the addition of four schools, more doctors, restaurants, businesses, parks and greenways. When other cities ask me how we are growing so fast I tell them that attitude is frst. And, you have to welcome growth." The active community is often outdoors in parks, recreation centers and sports complexes. One of the town's biggest parks and recreation projects to date is the North Main Athletic Complex. In addition to soccer and tennis, it will include a 1,800-seat multi-purpose stadium. In the summer the town will gather to cheer on collegiate summer league baseball when Holly Springs' new team, the Salamanders, takes to the feld. The Holly Springs franchise is the newest member of the Coastal Plain League. The new athletic complex will accommodate baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse and tennis among other recreational amenities. Womble Park is the scene of sports and recreation on the multi-purpose feld (also synthetic turf), tennis courts, expanded playground, and a greenway that links Womble and Bass Lake parks. Walkers and joggers enjoy getting on the Bass Lake greenway and Arbor Creek Greenway. Bass Lake Park is the scene for family festivals throughout the year. With the addition of the 116-acre Jeferson L. Sugg Farm, the park has more than 200 acres of protected parkland. Disc golf enthusiasts have a nine-hole disc golf course to play at Jones Park. Traditional golf lovers get on two great semi-private courses: Devils Ridge and 12 Oaks. Adrenalin lovers were thrilled when the Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex opened in 2014. BMX pro rider Daniel Dhers founded the largest family-oriented, year-round, BMX, mountain biking, and skateboarding training facility in the world. Adults and kids have more than 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor riding terrain. In the spring, the community comes out for TurtleFest at Bass Lake Park, and the annual Easter egg hunt charm, family-oriented, and the salamanders

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