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
of parkland, over
million square feet of facility space and
of greenway trails, we provide something for everyone!
We had a momentous year, highlighted by voter approval of a
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
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.