Johnston County Commissioners have agreed to the transfer of a tract of land from the Johnston County Board of Education to the County of Johnston. When land was purchased in the late-1990’s for the construction of East Clayton Elementary School on Highway 42 East, the land purchase also included a 2.84 acre parcel between Castleberry Road and the Neuse River. The parcel is too narrow to constructed any school buildings, but it does potential public benefit.
Adrian O’Neal, Greenways and Open Space Coordinator for Johnston County said the land currently has a wastewater pumping station that is in the design phase of an upgrade. The parcel is also on the proposed route of the Mountains to Sea Trail. And the narrow strip of land has potential value for access to the Neuse River for those wanting to put in canoes and kayaks.
“The site with improvements would also give consistent emergency access to the river in the area for search and rescue and medical emergencies,” Mr. O’Neal said in his report to commissioners. The Town of Clayton has also expressed interest in developing the property into a trail head and a river access launch site.
“Maintaining this property in county ownership would be of great benefit to the community and the county as a whole,” Mr. O’Neal told the board of commissioners. The board voted unanimously to accept the donation of the land from the Board of Education.