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Implementation Plan

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implementation plan

A number of short-term Action Items identified in Section

5.1 are currently being conducted by the Parks, Recreation

and Cultural Resources Department. These projects include

the development of additional criteria and planning

initiatives that will have system-wide impacts and help in

the implementation of other short-term Action Items. The

following section provides a brief overview of these priority

next step projects.

Historically, the City of Raleigh has acquired and planned

parks and recreation facilities according to the National

Recreation and Parks Association’s (NRPA) Level of Service

(LOS) Standard. The purpose of this standard is to assure

‘equal opportunity to share in the basic menu of services

implicit in the standard.’ The continuation of this theme

has been heard throughout the public input of the System

Plan process. Citizens are asking for experiences inherent

to parks, recreation and cultural resources to be provided

equitably across the city. Following the NRPA standard,

there are five measures available to evaluate the provision

of these equal opportunities or experiences and include:

• Acres per population,

• Facilities per population,

• Quality of the facilities,

• Availability of programs,

• Access distance or travel time.

The City of Raleigh has used the first four measurements

listed above to determine locations of parks, recreation

and cultural resources needs. These four measurements

have been guided by the State Comprehensive Outdoor

Recreation Plan (SCORP), the 2030 Comprehensive Plan

for the City of Raleigh, 2004 Parks Plan, program surveys

and evaluations and facility evaluations. The city has

also used the NRPA guidelines for park classifications to

determine the appropriate number of parks the city should

provide based on population estimates, minimum park size

standards, and types of facilities that best fit a specific park

type. Using these measurements allows the City of Raleigh

to meet the NRPA guidelines and State standards to

provide a certain number of facilities based on population

figures. While these measurement techniques help ensure

a commitment to park land and facilities as the city

develops, they have shortcomings. Equitable access to

inherent experiences expected by citizens is not measured

with these techniques.

For this, the fifth measurement technique, access distance

or travel time, can help progress the simple idea that

every citizen should be able to access an inherent park,

recreation or cultural experience within similar walking,

bicycling, and/or driving distance. This type of evaluation

was conducted in Section 3.7, but has not traditionally

been used by the city. With the advent of Geographical

Information System (GIS) tools, the city is now able to

evaluate how citizens can access facilities and programs to

enjoy in park, recreation and cultural experiences, see

Map

Y

. By using these evaluation tools together, the city will be

able to respond and be flexible enough to accommodate

changing lifestyles, inclusive and comprehensive

in determining needs, and responsive to balancing

experiences and innovative solutions based on context.

Map Y:

Access Level of Service for Brookhaven Park

Section 5.3

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Priority Next Steps

5.3 Introduction

5.3.1 Level of Service Criteria