The Umstead Coalition
Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area

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RDU Airport Land Use Planning

On June 29 and 30 the RDU Airport Authority will kick off its Master Plan Study, Vision 2040. These will be the first of eight public workshops to educate and involve the public in their land use planning.  

City of Durham/Durham County

When: June 29

Where: Durham City Hall
101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701

Time: 6:30 p.m.

City of Raleigh/Wake County

When: June 30

Where: Raleigh City Hall
222 W. Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Time: 6:30 p.m.

2040 Vision Planning for the RDU Airport (an 18-month process according to their web site):

The Umstead Coalition supports the maintenance and enhancement of a substantial trail system along the Old Reedy Creek Road and greenway corridor connecting the Black Creek Greenway trail to William B. Umstead State Park's Reedy Creek Trail. The Umstead Coalition supports enhancing the economic vitality that this recreation and forested corridor brings to the community.

Please let us know your suggestions as we participate in the RDU Airport Authority Master Planning process and refine our recommendations.


2015 Photo Contest - Capture the Spirit of William B. Umstead State Park 

Thanks for all the amazing entries.  Mark you calendars for the August 1 Exhibit Opening reception honoring this year's winners. Also, Walter Magazine has selected a subset of photos they will feature in their August issue.
Event open to all.  The new 16-month calendar will be unveiled and for sales at this event. 

2015 Photo Calendars featuring the 2014 winning photos are still available.  They can be purchased at the Park Visitor Center for a reduced price of $5.
2015 Photo Calendar

Sycamore Mess Hall Restoration

Thanks to all who made our May 30 Celebration event a success.  We're very proud of the work our volunteers have accomplished in coordination with our amazing Umstead State Park staff!

We will continue to have Service Work Days.  Check our Event Calendar on the upper right - it's routinely updated with new events.



2015 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Thanks to all for a great event!

We raised $18,000.  100% of funds raised go to directly help
William B. Umstead State Park!

Information:  Walk_Run_Bike

4-mile race results for the 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Run/Walk are posted (click below):

Umstead 4-mile race results




Upcoming events and Service Projects, Click on Event listed below for information. To register, scroll to bottom of any event information page and click on "Register."

2015 T-shirt features the magnificent red-tailed hawk.  The hawk is on the back, the "I love William B. Umstead State Park is a small printing on the front). 
If you missed getting yours at this year's Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead, you're in luck -- they are now on sale at the Park's Visitor Center.
The t-shirt is an amazing fabric.  Color "Bay"  (a slate blue). Style is Authentic brand, pigment XtraFine T-shirt.  It's 5oz 100% combed ringspun cotton and it so SO soft!  Double-needle stitching throughout, Garment-dyed in the USA for a soft, lived-in feel. Youth style is 5.6oz.   
NC Senate Bill 486 Proposes to Swap Lands between Umstead State Park and RDU Airport, May 20 2015
Fortunately, this bill is 'on-hold' in the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.  Senator John Alexander has reached out to The Umstead Coalition to let us know that IF the bill goes forward, he would bring the various parties together to work out a solution that would help all parties.

Senate Bill 486, Version 5-20-15: s486v2 transfer of Park land proposed May 20, 2015.pdf    
Key issues include:
  • Taking of State Park land that is not consistent with the Park Master Plan, nor any public input planning process
  • Not including the single-track trails of Rocky Road and 286 area
  • RDU would be able to develop as close as 200 feet from Reedy Creek Trail along the trail section from the Airport overlook to almost Park gate on Old Reedy Creed Road
  • Conversion of existing State Park land to other uses without Master Planning and public input
  • Loss of our forested land on north side of Glenwood Ave
  • Creation of another Trust Fund that will add increased fees at 39 State Parks that will benefit the other 1 State Park
  • Proposed reliance on Park admission fees to fund this new Trust Fund (and those fees won't event be used in the State Parks for which they would be collected!)
  • Excluding trails from environmental regulations related to trail construction, maintenance and removal

To find your House or Senate member, you can do so at the link below:

Senate Bill 486 sponsors from Wake County:

Stories in Stone by Tom Weber

Available at:

William B. Umstead State Park Visitor Center, off US 70 (donation of $20 to The Umstead Coalition)

Great Outdoor Provision Company:Cameron Village, Raleigh, NC and 1800 East Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC (out of stock)

Quail Ridge Books & Music, Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC

REI:: North Hills, Raleigh, NC (out of stock)

The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC

McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC (hard back only)

Flyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC (sold by The Umstead Coalition)

The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
The Umstead Coalition, PO Box 10654, Raleigh, NC  27605 (919) 852-2268   
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