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It is a great pleasure to present the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Parks, Recreation

and Cultural Resources Department.

We had a historic year, highlighted by the City’s acquisition of the Dorothea Dix property.

Our goal is to create a world-class destination park for the enjoyment of all our citizens

and visitors. The City has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dix Park

Conservancy for a public–private partnership to raise funds to develop a park master

plan. We intend to initiate the planning process in 2017, offering extensive and diverse

opportunities for the public to become engaged.

Meanwhile, planning and implementation continued to move forward aggressively on

capital and bond projects.

• With tremendous citizen support and input, the

Raleigh Arts

Plan, “Creative Life,” was

unanimously approved by City Council. The plan lays out eight goals and associated

strategies that will help make Raleigh a nationally recognized leader in arts and culture.

• The

John

Chavis Memorial Park

master plan moved into the implementation study phase

over the past year. The study will allow us to move from an incredible master plan vision to

Phase 1 schematic design.

• City Council approved the schematic design for

Moore Square

in December 2015 with the

goal of beginning construction fall 2016.

• The planned two-mile section of the

Crabtree West Greenway

trail to Umstead State

Park will provide a critical link in our greenway system. City Council approved the project

alignment and parking in April 2016. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2017.

Abbots Creek Park and Community Center

opened in northeast Raleigh, south of the

North Wake Landfill. The park and community center are designed to promote healthy,

active lifestyles for people of all ages.

• Construction has started on the

Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center

at Lake Johnson

Park with completion expected in early fall 2016. The multipurpose center will offer a

connection to the natural environment. It will feature space for community and educational

activities and displays on health and nature.

We will continue to work hard to provide a model parks system for citizens of Raleigh to enjoy

and be proud of. We are committed to maintaining our parks and facilities in a clean and safe

manner, to preserving and protecting our natural environment and providing the highest quality

recreation opportunities for citizens of every age and ability.

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

continued and unwavering support make these accomplishments possible.

Sincerely,

Diane B. Sauer, Director

Together we connect and enrich our community through exceptional experiences.