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Needs and Priorities Assessment

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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:

Acreage LOS

- 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.

Facilities LOS

- 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.

Access LOS

-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