Reynolds Park rock quarry in Winton-Salem could become park

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Winston-Salem city leaders are finishing a master plan trying to understand what it would take to turn the now closed, 220-acre rock quarry off Reynolds Park Road into a city park with day camping, hiking trails, boat rides, zip lines and more.

The 12-acre base of the quarry is filled with crystal clear fresh water that is over 200-feet deep and bordered by rocky cliffs over 100-feet-high.

City leaders say it makes the perfect place for a park. "A lot of people spend a lot of time and a lot of money trying to take a site and make it beautiful and attractive.  This site is already beautiful and attractive," said William Royston with Winston-Salem Parks and Recreation.

For the past year Royston and staff have been studying the site, looking at ways to transform it while maintaining it's beauty. It's been closed since 1982.

The lake has lots of fish and freshwater jellyfish. Eagles and hawks have been seen on the property too, but officials want to figure out ways to maintain the wildlife while sharing the quarry's natural beauty.

While no time frame has been set, city leaders say it will likely take corporate sponsorships, grants and several years to make the park a reality.

Vulcan Materials donated the land to the city in 1998.

The city will host a public meeting about the park plans in October.