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Needs and Priorities Assessment

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needs and priorities assessment

• Public transportation to sites is biggest barrier

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB)

(1/17/13):

• The number one selling aspect of Raleigh is the

greenways

• Request for better facilities for indoor tournaments

(basketball, tennis, etc.)

• A thorough and up-to-date database is needed that is

searchable for events and facilities

• Greenway map is confusing and needs to highlight

‘plain people’ attractions

• Soccer tournament facilities is an underserved area

• Need for competitive pools has not been met

• Major tournaments are being turned away in favor

of smaller events, some dates need to be based on

revenue/economic impacts getting priority

• A centralized indoor/outdoor tournament facility is

needed for basketball, soccer, competitive swimming

and track, like Walnut Creek Softball complex

• Utilize long-term contracts for events (can be based

on certain criteria for economic impact)

• Request for better, more comprehensive marketing/

outreach to showcase Raleigh parks (digital, print,

maps, apps, travelers, etc.)

Youth (2/7/13):

• Consistent follow-through is needed to enforce the

changes recently implemented [for after/before school

programs]

• Staff and youth need training to prevent/ defend

against school violence and proper CPR techniques

• Registration process needs to be simplified so that

parents can sign up online for Track Out, Summer

Camp or Before/After School programming

• Sign-in process needs to reuse information already

provided each year, simply verify if information is

correct

• Increase options for Track Out, Summer Camp and

Before/After School programming as the school

population increases (More students = more schools =

more programming)

• Designated free play space is needed daily throughout

community

• Family-oriented free play and programming is

greatest need and should be expanded

• Partner with universities for early education and

coaching programs and training

Focus Group Themes

Information gathered from each focus group meeting was

recorded in meeting notes and coded by the consultant staff

to identify consistent themes of community-wide needs and

priorities for parks, recreation programs and greenways.

The primary themes from the focus groups included:

• Equitable distribution of access to adventure and

outdoor areas;

• Better greenway connectivity to neighborhoods;

• Hierarchy of greenway types based on level of use

and function;

• Focus on improving or reinvigorating existing

facilities and parks;

• Create common voice in the arts community;

• Reconfigure and improve existing athletic fields;

• Create world-class experiences in parks and greenways;

• Identify natural lands for future preservation and

conservation;

• Improve existing tennis courts throughout Raleigh;

• Offer more technology and English as a Second

Language (ESL) courses on a regular basis;

• Provide alternative transportation options from and

to parks;

• Education outreach for healthy lifestyles with the city

as health facilitator;

• Create joint visitor and historic center;

• More programs and locations for special populations

through partnerships;

• Clearly outline metrics and coordination within city

for sustainability measures (social, economic and

environmental);

• Centralized database needed for event planning and

major tournaments;

• Plan facilities for an urban lifestyle with immediate

and long-term solutions;

• Co-develop aquatic center with partners such as

surrounding communities and schools; and

• Better coordination with schools for after-school,

before-school, summer camps, track-out programs,

and curriculum development.