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Falls Whitewater Park

Last updated Mar. 29, 2017 - 2:51 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Stewart Engineering
  • McLaughlin Whitewater Engineering

Current Activity

The City of Raleigh is currently working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to prepare a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Falls Whitewater Park project.  This process, along with additional permitting and regulatory compliance, is an important prerequisite to future design and construction.

Summary

Stewart Engineering, in conjunction with McLaughlin Whitewater Engineering, has prepared the Feasibility Study for an approximately 600 foot long course beneath the tail race of Falls Lake Dam.
The Feasibility study consisted of 30% construction documents with an estimate of probable cost of $3.6 million. Advising the design team was a 17-person Steering Committee made up of representatives from the paddling community, adjacent homeowners, City of Raleigh staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, the Neuse River Organization, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The study was approved by the Parks, Recreation Greenway Advisory Board on April 28th, 2011 and the study was approved by City Council on May 17, 2011.
The City of Raleigh is currently engaged in the next phase of the project, which includes the preparation of a NEPA Environmental Assessment as well as additional permitting and regulatory compliance.

Stewart Engineering, in conjunction with McLaughlin Whitewater Engineering, has prepared the Feasibility Study for an approximately 600 foot long course beneath the tail race of Falls Lake Dam. The Feasibility study consisted of 30% construction documents with an estimate of probable cost of $3.6 million. Advising the design team was a 17-person Steering Committee made up of representatives from the paddling community, adjacent homeowners, City of Raleigh staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, the Neuse River Organization, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

The study was approved by the Parks, Recreation Greenway Advisory Board on April 28th, 2011 and the study was approved by City Council on May 17, 2011.The City of Raleigh is currently engaged in the next phase of the project, which includes the preparation of a NEPA Environmental Assessment as well as additional permitting and regulatory compliance.

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Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
July through October 2010Design Development Stage
May 17, 2011Feasibility Study Approved by City Council
Summer 2016 - Fall 2017EA/FONSI; additional permitting and regulatory compliance

History

Shortly after construction began on Falls Dam in 1978, Wake County staff developed The Falls Lake White Water Study to consider a whitewater park below the dam. The study found that the tailrace of the Falls Dam was a suitable location for whitewater canoeing. In the mid-1990s, when the Triangle area made a bid for the Pan American Games, the original whitewater park plan was revisited to create a whitewater slalom course. As the Triangle was unsuccessful in this bid, the course was never built.
In 1996, the Raleigh City Council adopted the Neuse River Master Recreation Plan, which included the possibility of developing a whitewater course within and along the banks of the Neuse River in the Falls Dam tailrace area. In 2003, City of Raleigh residents approved a Park Bond Referendum which included funding toward the design of a whitewater park in this area. A preliminary analysis was completed in 2003 and the process for a full feasibility study began in 2009. The feasibility study and conceptual plan for the Falls Whitewater Park were adopted by City Council on May 17, 2011.
Shortly after construction began on Falls Dam in 1978, Wake County staff developed The Falls Lake White Water Study to consider a whitewater park below the dam. The study found that the tailrace of the Falls Dam was a suitable location for whitewater canoeing. In the mid-1990s, when the Triangle area made a bid for the Pan American Games, the original whitewater park plan was revisited to create a whitewater slalom course. As the Triangle was unsuccessful in this bid, the course was never built.

In 1996, the Raleigh City Council adopted the Neuse River Master Recreation Plan, which included the possibility of developing a whitewater course within and along the banks of the Neuse River in the Falls Dam tailrace area. In 2003, City of Raleigh residents approved a Park Bond Referendum which included funding toward the design of a whitewater park in this area. A preliminary analysis was completed in 2003 and the process for a full feasibility study began in 2009. The feasibility study and conceptual plan for the Falls Whitewater Park were adopted by City Council on May 17, 2011.

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