It will take a while to build, but residents of Northwest Guilford County and the surrounding area can start looking forward to a big new park.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to approve funding for Bandera Farms Park at their Thursday, Oct.19 meeting.  The money being spent on this project – like money for so many other projects now going on in Guilford County – comes from federal funds provided by the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

The park will be built on a 115-acre patch of land in Summerfield.

Northwest Guilford County is growing in population rapidly – and town, city, and county leaders see a need for the new park that will feature a segment of the Piedmont Greenway, natural surface trails for equestrians and hikers, “a destination quality adventure playground” and a picnic shelter and restrooms,

The coming multijurisdictional Park is the result of a partnership between Summerfield, the Piedmont Land Conservancy, the Town of Oak Ridge, the City of Greensboro and Guilford County.

The county is funding Bandera Farms Park to the tune of $2.3 million using the ARP money.  It will be spent on design, engineering, permitting, legal work, construction administration services, park signage, site furnishings, and construction that includes an “Adventure Playscape.”

It will also pay for storm water and drainage, parking and access roads, restrooms, utility buildings, a picnic shelter, concrete walkways, hiking trails, equestrian trails, a bridge, landscaping, and a greenway connection between parking areas.

The official action by the commissioners Thursday night  is to “Approve an interlocal agreement with the Town of Summerfield for Bandera Farms Park and authorize the County Manager, or designee, to enter into an agreement, in substantial form, with the Town of Summerfield in the amount of $2,300,000 from the total allocation of ARPA funds.”