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Due to the combination of forecast heavy rain overnight Friday, potential thunderstorms early Saturday, and already-wet and poor trail conditions, the planned Hollow Rock Nature Park grand opening for Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. is being rescheduled.

The grand opening will be rescheduled to Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

In the interim, the park will be available for public use beginning Monday, May 23.

For more information, please contact:

Lynn Hecht (919) 245-2510 lthecht@orangecountync.gov

Brendan Moore (919) 560-7957 brmoore@dconc.gov

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ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 17, 2016)— Orange County and Durham County will celebrate the Grand Opening of Hollow Rock Nature Park on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

For the Grand Opening visitors are asked to park at Forest View Elementary School, 3007 Mount Sinai Road in Durham.  A shuttle will be provided. 

This 75-acre preserve, located at 692 Erwin Road in Durham, serves as a northern access point and major trail head to the New Hope Creek open space corridor.  The project was a multi-jurisdictional effort of the City of Durham, Durham County, Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill. The Triangle Land Conservancy was another influential partner for this project.  The trail system will link to public trails in Duke Forest, located adjacent to this site.  All four jurisdictions participated in the purchase of the property, and private donations added more than $225,000, demonstrating the public’s interest for this area to be preserved and developed as a trail access.   Funding for Phase I park construction was supplemented by a $200,000 grant from the NC Recreational Trails Program. 

Site amenities include natural surface trails, an open meadow with picnic tables, parking and restroom (port-a-john), and the Hanging Rock overlook above New Hope Creek.   Future amenities (Phase 2) will include additional trails, interpretive signage, environmental education station, and the return of the old Hollow Rock Store building for future events and special interpretive programs.   

Hollow Rock Nature Park is ideally situated along the border of Orange and Durham counties, within 7 miles of Chapel Hill and 6 miles of downtown Durham.