Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  111 / 210 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 111 / 210 Next Page
Page Background

Needs and Priorities Assessment

Table 60

. Percentage of Park Acreage That is Developed

111

needs and priorities assessment

The average population of the seven agencies that

completed the agency-to-agency comparison forms

is 670,187 citizens. To ensure the most accurate of

comparisons, information is presented as per actual

numbers per 1,000 residents. The following are major

findings:

Parks Types and Acreage:

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Department has the same number of metro/regional parks

per 1,000 residents (.021) as the average benchmarked

agency, however, the department has more acres of

metro/regional parks per resident (4.81) than the average

benchmarked agency (3.51).

The City of Raleigh also has the same number of

community parks per 1,000 residents (0.006) as the

average benchmarked agency, and has more acres of

community parks per 1,000 residents (3.07) than the

average benchmarked agency (2.59).

For neighborhood parks, the City of Raleigh has a higher

number of parks per 1,000 residents (0.19) than the

average benchmarked agency (0.11) and has more acres

of neighborhood parks per 1,000 residents (1.55) than the

average benchmarked agency (1.48).

The City of Raleigh has a higher number of nature

preserves/nature parks per 1,000 residents (0.03) than the

average benchmarked agency (0.009), however, the city

has less than half the number of acres per residents (2.01)

than the average benchmarked agency (5.89). A significant

note for this comparison is that greenway lands owned and

managed by the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural

Resource Department are not included in the tally of

nature preserves or nature parks. For some benchmarked

communities, greenways may be included, which can

impact reliability of direct comparisons.

Mini parks/ pocket parks are the last category of park types

analyzed in this comparison.The City of Raleigh has a higher

number of mini parks/ pocket parks per 1,000 residents

(0.035) than the average benchmarked agency (0.011) and

also has a higher number of acres per 1,000 residents (0.030)

than the average benchmarked agency (0.009).

When looking at total acreage of parks, excluding

greenways and other non-park lands, in the park system,

the average benchmarked agency has more total acres of

parks per 1,000 residents (17.44) than the City of Raleigh

(14.36). The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural

Resources Department ranks fifth out of eight agencies

that participated in the benchmarking study regarding

the total acreage of parks in their park system. However,

the City of Raleigh has a higher percentage of their park

acreage developed (80%) than the average benchmarking

agency (57%), as shown in

Table 60

. The City ranks

second of agencies that participated in the benchmarking

study regarding the percentage of the park acreage that is

developed.

Greenway Trails:

The City of Raleigh provides a significant number of miles

of greenway trails. The city has nearly double the miles of

greenway trails per 1,000 residents (0.24) than the average

benchmarked agency (0.13).

The average benchmarked agency has a higher number of

lakes per 1,000 residents (0.24) than the City of Raleigh

(.01). However, the city has more acres of lakes per 1,000

residents (2.76) than the average benchmarking agency

(1.85).

All agencies that participated in the benchmarking study

indicated that they have multipurpose walking/biking

trails. The City of Raleigh has a higher number of miles

57%

30%

32%

40%

57%

69%

80%

88%

0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

Benchmarking Average

Virginia Beach Dept. of Parks &

Recreation

Kansas City, Missouri Parks &

Recreation Dept.

Phoenix Parks and Recreation Dept.

City of Sacramento Dept. of Parks &

Recreation

City of Mesa Parks & Recreation

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and

Cultural Resources

Mecklenburg County Park &

Recreation Dept.