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It is a great pleasure to present the 2014-2015 Annual Repor t for the

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Depar tment. We are extremely

proud of and take very seriously our mission: Together we connect and

enrich our community through exceptional experiences.

The depar tment continues to play a leading role in the quality of life and

character of the Capital City. Our facilities and creative programs offer

residents and visitors wide-ranging oppor tunities for social, cultural,

educational and physical fitness activities. With more than

10,000

acres

of parkland, over

2.2

million square feet of facility space and

117

miles

of greenway trails, we provide something for everyone!

We had a momentous year, highlighted by voter approval of a

$91.775

million

bond issue in November. With bond financing, we can move forward with projects

reflecting needs and priorities identified by citizens during our System Plan

update. And in May 2015, Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Governor Pat McCrory

signed a contract for the City to buy the

308-acre

Dorothea Dix campus. The

City plans to transform the campus into a destination park.

We will continue to work hard to provide a model parks system that is a source

of pride and enjoyment for all Raleigh citizens. We are committed to maintaining

our parks and facilities in a clean and safe manner, to preserving and protecting

our natural environment and to providing the highest quality recreation

oppor tunities for people of all ages and abilities.

In closing, I would like to sincerely thank the Raleigh City Council and the

citizens of Raleigh. Without their continued and unwavering suppor t, these

accomplishments would not have been possible.

Sincerely,

Diane Sauer