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Existing System Overview

existing system overview

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The following are examples of successes of the existing

parks system observed by the consultant team. In addition,

corresponding polices and actions from the 2030 Comp

Plan have been identified in order to assist in the integration

of these initiatives into the System Plan. Policies and

actions listed are not exhaustive. Instead, these lists provide

a summary of potential corresponding efforts with a more

thorough list of Action Items in Chapter 5.

Appearance Factor of Maintenance

The overwhelming majority of the parks visited by the

project team appeared to be well maintained. There were

few incidences of litter; the landscape appeared well kept,

and most of the park structures were in good or stable

condition. Despite heavy or over use of some facilities, the

general condition of facilities and amenities was good.

Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• PR 6.1 - Innovative Maintenance Strategies

Making Parks Green Through Sustainability

Many parks provided on-site recycling, which appeared to

be well used. Additionally, many of the park landscapes,

most notably the newer parks, incorporate native plant

materials. Standards for newly designed and constructed

parks show a vast improvement to the handling of

stormwater and attention to water quality. In addition,

solar and LED lighting is being installed throughout the

system and some parks offer charging stations for electric

vehicles. Facilities, mostly a number of community and

neighborhood centers, have been updated with new

energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems.

Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• PR 4.2 - Sustainable Park Design

• PR 4.2 - Sustainable Practice Development

• PR 6.3 - Park Stewardship

• PR 6.6 - Stewardship Capacity

• EP 1.7 - Sustainable Development

• EP 1.8 - Sustainable Sites

• EP 3.8 - Low Impact Development

Increase Use by Connectivity

For a predominantly suburban community, the City of

Raleigh exhibits good overall connectivity near parks.

Multi-modal options are offered at a number of the larger

community andmetro parks throughout the city; however,

complete access is still lacking. Shelley Lake Park offers a

wonderful combination of park facilities serving as a Park

and Ride facility while also providing connectivity to mass

transit for park users.

Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• PR 3.6 - Greenway Connectivity

• PR 3.8 - Pedestrian Links to Greenways

• PR 5.4 - Improving Park Access

• T 5.4 - Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Connectivity

• T 5.7 - Capital Area Greenway

Making Parks Last with Higher Quality

The newer parks in Raleigh, such as Hill Street Park

and renovated facilities such as Jaycee Park Community

Center, are raising the bar for sustainability, quality, and

design within the park system. These parks exhibit an

awareness of the need for connectivity, sustainability, and

functionality within park design. Additionally, the quality

of their furnishings, materials, and construction is high.

Corresponding 2030 Comp Plan policies and actions:

• HP 1.1 - Stewardship of Place

• EP 1.9 - Sustainable Public Realm

Universal Accessibility

Accessibility can be improved systemwide, most notably in

older parks. Clear markings for accessible parking spaces

and routes were lacking in many parks. Many seating areas

were often set back from accessible routes or located within

turf areas. Playgrounds in many cases lacked accessible

routes and either had a sand or engineered wood mulch

surface, which typically lacked the level of maintenance

needed to provide universal access. Some park shelters

lacked accessible picnic tables and/ or restroom facilities.

2.4.3 Successes of Existing Park System

2.4.4 Opportunities for Existing Park System