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Chapter Three

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needs and priorities assessment

Table 75.

Resident Per Unit Comparison for City of Raleigh and Wake County

Facility Type

Number of Existing

Facilities in City of

Raleigh

City Residents

Per Unit (2011)*

City Residents

Per Unit (2035)**

Wake County***

Residents Per

Unit (2011)*

Wake County***

Residents Per

Unit (2035)**

State Median

Population Per

Unit***

Baseball Fields

34

12,249

17,369

7,208

11,733

7,764

Softball Fields

28

14,874

21,091

11,479

18,868

10,870

Football Fields

0

N/A

N/A

154,963

252,270

54,349

Soccer Fields

3

52,059

73,820

10,217

16,633

13,587

Multi-Purpose Fields

14

21,919

31,082

17,218

28,030

27,174

Basketball Courts (outdoor)

67

6,216

8,814

9,787

15,933

9,058

Tennis Courts

112

3,718

5,272

4,246

7,106

5,435

Volleyball Courts

25

16,659

23,622

26,565

43,246

36,232

Picnic Shelters

71

5,866

8,317

5,344

8,699

5,435

Playgrounds

103

4,043

5,734

5,502

8,956

6,794

Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools

11

37,861

53,687

51,654

84,090

54,349

Trails (Miles)

(includes paved and unpaved)

82

5,079

7,202

4,169

6,788

3,045

* 2011 populations based on July 2011 American Community Survey, U.S. Census. Raleigh: 416,468, Wake County: 929,780

** 2035 populations based on Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) projections. Raleigh: 590,560, Wake County: 1,513,674

*** Number of units is based on information from the 2009-2013 North Carolina Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and City of Raleigh

Parks and Recreation Department data

Supply of Recreational Opportunities

Prior to 1995, the North Carolina Statewide Comprehensive

Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) provided standards to

describe the adequate quantity of public recreational acreage

and facilities based on population. The move away from this

system in North Carolina was supported by the National

Recreation and Park Association, who stated, “these

standards take a cookie-cutter approach that recommends

the same services for all counties when in fact each county

and community has unique characteristics and preferences”.

Current levels of recreation services by unit are not

prescribed on a county-by-county basis. Instead of

applying a standard, the SCORP provides information that

allows each North Carolina county to be compared to each

other according to current recreation resources and county

population.

Table 75

and

Table 76

show the current Facility

LOS for the City of Raleigh and Wake County. This data

is evaluated based on the number of residents each unit is

serving, and then compared to the North Carolina state

median using 2011 and 2035 population estimates.

Facility LOS Findings

Based on this technique, the City of Raleigh lacks athletic

fields (baseball, softball, football and soccer fields) as well

as greenway trail mileage. There is a slight deficiency for

picnic areas when compared to statewide standards. The

city enjoys a surplus of basketball, tennis and volleyball

courts as well as playgrounds. These conditions are

projected to continue as the city grows to an estimated

population of 590,560 (CAMPO) by the year 2035. The

one facility type that changes, multi-purpose fields, has a

slight deficient by the year 2035.

Though a Facility LOS analysis provides a snapshot

condition of the outdoor recreation facility capacity, it does

not capture whether facilities are accessible by all residents

and conflicts with input from public participation such the

number of tennis courts or indoor recreation facilities. For

this analysis the System Plan team conducted an Access

LOS analysis to identify gaps in accessibility to facilities.