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Tell Raleigh what you want to see in its parks

Posted January 16, 2013

Slides at Cedar Hills Park

Do you want more spraygrounds? More playgrounds? More trails? More ballfields? More natural areas? Have you seen a unique playground in another city that you'd love Raleigh to build?

It's time to speak up. Raleigh officials are mapping out park plans for the city over the next 20 years and they are looking to park users for some thoughts. And with the amount of time parents spend in Raleigh's parks, I'm sure there are lots of ideas out there!

The city has been holding meetings over the last couple of weeks to provide information and get some feedback. The final one is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, at Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Rd., in north Raleigh. Click here for details.

But, if you can't make the meeting, the city also has this website where the public can take a look at the plan so far and make comments and suggestions.

I, for one, would love to see more spraygrounds, which essentially are play pieces that spray water, around the city's parks.


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  • oakcity Jan 18, 2013

    "Fee-based skateparks"

    skateparks should be free, just like any other piece of park equipment is free, if you make this fee based then you have to employees to monitor the park, then you have pad nannies and too many rules to list.

    keep skateparks free, theres more kids out there skating than there are playing little league anyways.

  • The original American Jan 18, 2013

    Lots of vagrants around Moore Square but the gang bangers are at the mall and the pedophiles are at church.

    Sounds like you have some inside info.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Jan 18, 2013

    Trees, trail, basketball courts, parking

  • goalflinger Jan 18, 2013

    Kneejerk answers;

    How about hidden wireless and constantly monitored police cameras in all park areas such as the Tobacco Trail where gangs may inhabit?

    Armed plain clothed security (volunteers if need be?)randomly patrolling the parks during business hours.

    Business advertising in the parks of those businesses who substantially contribute to park upkeep and security.

    Concealed/carry allowed in parks.

  • goldenosprey Jan 18, 2013

    Fee-based skateparks and Flow-Riders. Surf Raleigh!

  • kbird Jan 18, 2013

    If my taxes are going to be spent on something I would much rather they are spent on parks than welfare and Medicaid, neither of which do a thing to benefit me or my family who is on a tight budget and can't afford trips to amusement parks while the government pays our bills!

  • kbird Jan 18, 2013

    Well Beth, I would suggest to you that if you don't want to see children don't go to parks with playgrounds. That should be easy enough.

  • meglorn Jan 18, 2013

    Splashpads!!! And a nice community water park at Dix!

  • dirkdiggler Jan 17, 2013

    I think more shade over the amenities would be great. We've been to countless parks in this area and all of them have slides and such without shadecover, rendering the equipment useless in the hot spring and summer days. Spraygrounds would be awesome! Do we even have anything like that in Wake County?

  • Student Nurse Jan 17, 2013

    I will chime in here but more fenced in play areas would be nice for families with special needs kids that wander. I will definitely tell the city as well!