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Moore Square Implementation

Last updated Jul. 01, 2016 - 9:29 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Strategic Planning, Communications and Analytics
  • Sasaki Associates

Current Activity

Staff is currently working with the design team on the development of construction documents for Moore Square. With completion of construction documents and permits obtained, the park is anticipated to close for construction in Fall of 2016. The park should be closed for about a year while under construction and will reopen Summer or Fall of 2017.

Design Team: Sasaki Associates’ Urban Studio is an interdisciplinary collaborative of exceptional minds focused on the improving quality of life in urban centers. The core tenets of their practice are partnerships with clients toward shared positive outcomes, meaningful and memorable community outreach, and transformation through exceptional planning and design.

Summary

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

Master Plan
In May 2011, the Raleigh City Council approved the Moore Square Master Plan as presented. This concept design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward looking vision for a 21st century urban space.
Download the Moore Square Master Plan

Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy
The Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy provides confirmation of design appropriateness of the Master Plan, analysis of soil samples, a long term succession strategy and recommendations for design refinements to be explored during Schematic Design.
Download the Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy

From April 28 to May 1, 2015 Sasaki Associates spent four active and engaging days leading over thirty meetings with staff, stakeholders, citizens, nonprofits, business owners as well as the Mayor and City Council to discuss the implementation of the Moore Square Master Plan. Support and enthusiasm for the project moving forward was overwhelming. Stakeholders expressed the desire to move the project forward beyond the ongoing planning dialogue to design and construction. Sasaki used this successful week of engagement to develop the Implementation Priorities Report. The Report was used to inform schematic design, reflecting the most current desired experiences of park visitors.

Schematic Design was approved by the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board on November 12, 2015 and City Council on December 1, 2015.
Schematic Design Open House Materials

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
2009Competition Phase - complete
2010/2011Master Plan Phase – complete
2012/2013 - completeComprehensive Tree Strategy
July - August 2015Priorities Report Presentation to the Moore Square Public Leadership Group, Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board and City Council
November - December 2015Approval of Schematic Design by the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council
2016Construction Documents and Permitting
Fall 2016 - Fall 2017Park Construction

History

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

An in-depth study on the History of Moore Square was created for the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, Inc. in 2009, titled "Common Beauty". The document includes the History of the Physical Form and uses of Moore Square. View "Common Beauty."

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