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Raleigh residents get input into parks improvements

Posted March 6, 2014

A new mile marker along the greenway trail by Lake Johnson. Photo by James Borden for Raleigh Public Record

— Raleigh residents will soon have a chance to provide feedback on some major parks and recreation projects.

City Council this week received an update on the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's $106 million update of the local park system, including information about the plan's vision, implementation, and a draft list of capital improvement projects.

Consultant David Barth, who is collaborating with the parks department on the system plan, said Raleigh's residents rate the park system very highly.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director Diane Sauer said recommended projects will fall into four categories and reflect priorities identified during the public input process as well as through an analysis of park, facilities, greenway and other infrastructure needs:

  • Park and facility improvements
  • Cultural site improvements
  • Greenway projects
  • Land acquisition and development

About 68 percent of the $106 million budget will go toward reinvestment projects.

A full draft of the plan will be available for public review beginning on March 17.

Department staff will hold a series of public open houses on the following dates to review the draft plan.

  • March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Green Road Community Center
  • March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Chavis Community Center
  • March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Lynn Community Center
  • March 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Five Points Center for Active Adults

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