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Chapter Five

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implementation plan

Implementation of the Action Items identified in Section 5.1

will required on-going detailed planning. Phasing of Actions

Items rely on three primary factors: priority level; available

funding; and responsible party(ies). All three factors must

be monitored and continuously evaluated. This section will

concentrate on identifying priority capital implementation

projects that advance short-term Action Items, while the

department assesses operating impacts.

In addition to the capital implementation projects, it is

recommended that the Department quantify system-wide

deferred maintenance costs and prioritize needs. The

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System is

an aging one where the average facility is over 38 years old,

and an average swimming pool is over 26 years old. Deferred

maintenance is a short-term solution to immediate financial

needs, and long-term deferment can lead to system failures

that can be greater than the deferred cost savings.

Three categories have been established for the completion

of individual Action Items; short-term (1-5 year priority

actions); medium-term (up to 10 years); and long-term

(over 10 years before completion). This section focuses on

the short-term or highest priority Action Items that are to

be undertaken in the next five years. Action Items in the

short-term category focus on publicly identified system

priorities such as:

• Maintain and enhance existing parks, greenways and

facilities;

• Equitable distribution of small, neighborhood parks

with connections to sidewalks and greenways within

one-mile of each resident;

• Better greenway connectivity to neighborhoods

with hierarchy of types and functions, enhanced

wayfinding and amenities;

• Focus on improving or reinvigorating existing

facilities (athletic fields, tennis), greenways and parks;

• Develop new urban lifestyle-based parks and

greenway connections;

• Additional playground options such as natural

and barrier-free playgrounds, and for younger age

groups;

• Improvements to aquatic facilities; and

• Improve athletic facilities to meet the needs for

quality of residents and enhance awareness of

programs offered by city.

Priority projects have been identified with public input

that reflect citizens’ needs, as well as, department staff

capital improvements analysis of park sites, facilities,

greenway and other infrastructure needs. Priority capital

improvement projects have been grouped into four

categories: Park and Facility Improvements; Cultural

Resources; Greenways; and Land Acquisition and

Development shown in

Table 80.

Table 80: Proposed Capital Implementation Projects

Park and Facility Implementation Projects

Project

Estimated Cost

Brentwood Neighborhood Center and Park

$2,000,000

Apollo Heights Neighborhood Center and Park

$600,000

Kiwanis Neighborhood Center and Park

$700,000

Eastgate Neighborhood Center and Park

$600,000

John Chavis Memorial Park

$12,500,000

Walnut Creek Athletic Complex Improvements

$5,000,000

Walnut Creek Wetland Park Improvements

$1,000,000

Moore Square Improvements

$15,000,000

System-wide ADA Improvements

$2,000,000

Aquatic Facilities Improvements

$8,000,000

Building System Upgrades

$2,025,000

Sport and Outdoor Site Lighting Upgrades

$4,000,000

Playground Upgrades and Replacement

$2,500,000

Shelley Lake Comfort Station

$500,000

Cultural Resources Projects

Historic Site Improvements

$1,500,000

New Pullen Art Center

$6,000,000

Greenway Projects

Miscellaneous Greenway Improvements

$7,200,000

Neighborhood and Community Connections

$1,000,000

Trenton Road Greenway Trail

$1,000,000

Lassiter Mill/ Allegheny Trail Improvements

$2,000,000

Crabtree Creek Connection to Umstead State Park

$4,400,000

Land Acquisition and Development

Land Acquisition

$10,000,000

Baileywick Community Center (new)

$12,000,000

Lineberry Neighborhood Park

$1,250,000

Capital Blvd. (Devereux Meadows & North Blvd Park)

$2,000,000

Perry Creek (Joint with WCPSS)

$2,000,000

Total:

$106,775,000

2014 Cost Estimates

5.2.3 Phasing Strategies