Needs and Priorities Assessment
needs and priorities assessment
Access LOS Findings
Overall, the Access LOS analysis findings were consistent
with other means of identifying needs and priorities such
as other LOS analysis techniques, survey results and
resident input from community meetings, and through a
public engagement website.
Neighborhood and Community Parks were found to
have several gaps in services areas, or areas that are either
within walking, biking, transit or driving range of this
park or facility type), that are consistent with Acreage
LOS findings, survey results and public input. When
combined, however, these two park classification types
provide a better level of service with only gaps in the
extreme northwest and northeast areas of Raleigh and in
small areas of southeast and southwest Raleigh.
For other park classification types, the Access LOS technique
identified gaps in service areas primarily along the fringe of
the city. The gaps for Metro Parks are primarily in northwest
Raleigh while gaps for Nature Preserves are primarily in the
northwest, central and southeast areas of Raleigh.
Facilities were analyzed on three different levels (distances)
categorized as: neighborhood/ walk-to (1/2-mile service
area); community/ bike-to or walk-to (2-miles service
area); and metro/ bike-to or drive/transit-to (5-miles
service area). For neighborhood-based facilities such
as playgrounds and picnic areas, large service area gaps
exist throughout Raleigh. Tennis and outdoor basketball
courts have service area gaps primarily in the northwest
and eastern areas of the city. Greenways trailheads have
significant service area gaps in the northwest, northeast
and north central areas of Raleigh.
Community-based, or bike-to or walk-to, facilities analyzed
had the following gaps in services areas when analyzed
with a two mile service area: gymnasiums in the northwest,
northeast, eastern and southeast areas of Raleigh; dog parks
had a significant service area gaps in the northwest, eastern and
western areas of the community; baseball/softball fields had
significant gaps in the northwest, northeast and southeastern
areas of the city; and recreation centers and outdoor pools
had roughly the same significant gaps in services areas in the
northwest, northeast and eastern areas of Raleigh.
Metro-based facilities were analyzed using a five mile
service area in order to explore regionally based facilities
such as disc golf and art centers. Both of these facility types
were found to have service area gaps in the northwest,
eastern and southeastern areas of the city. Skate parks have
service area gaps in the northwest, southwest and western
areas of Raleigh; while indoor pools had significant gaps
in the northwest and southeastern areas of the city.
By utilizing a three-level approach to analyze the existing
level of service (LOS) for park and recreation facilities,
the consultant team identified a number of trends,
which will be explored and refined further through the
development of a Vision Plan and Implementation Plan.
These preliminary findings included:
- This technique identifies a current deficit
in parks classified as neighborhood and community by
the standards document in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
This trend increases as the population projections for the
City of Raleigh are applied to current acreages.
- This technique identifies a deficiency in
the number of athletic fields (baseball, softball, football
and soccer fields) as well as greenway trail mileages when
compared to North Carolina Statewide Comprehensive
Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) median population
services figures. Based on SCORP medians, the city enjoys
a surplus of basketball, tennis and volleyball courts as well
as playgrounds. These conditions continue as the city
grows to 2035 population estimates.
-Overall, theAccess LOS technique confirmed
many findings the consultant team received during
community meetings and by the online website input
from participants. In general, historically fast growing
regions of the city have identified gaps in service areas for
existing park and recreation facilities. The northwest area
has been identified as the area with the highest amount of
services area gaps (18 out of 19 analyzed).
Though independent in approach and findings, when
these techniques are combined with others documented
throughout this report, a more accurate snapshot of the
city’s needs and priorities becomes clearer.
3.7.4 Existing LOS Summary