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Chapter Three

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needs and priorities assessment

Public Engagement Website Themes

Needs and Priorities:

• Development of a destination playground that is

accessible by children of all needs

• More disc golf opportunities throughout the city and

at Dorothea Dix Park

• Lighting for existing skate park at Marsh Creek Park

• Develop lighted soccer fields with artificial turf fields

for league and pick-up play

• Provide more nature parks

• Provide benches and rest areas along existing

greenway trails

• Provide nighttime activities for some parks

• Additional off-leash dog parks, some with lights

• More playgrounds for toddlers and better playground

options such as natural and barrier-free playgrounds

• Better parking options and additional restrooms at

Lake Johnson

• Develop outdoor destination water park

• Provide more electric vehicle charging stations

• More greenways in northeast Raleigh and Capital

Boulevard areas

• Develop a cross-country course and market it for

local and regional events

• Improve existing tennis courts and provide better

equitable distribution

• Improvements are needed for Ralph Campbell

Center for afterschool programs

• More sand volleyball courts

• Downtown to midtown multi-use path

• More and better specialized recreation classes (i.e.

art classes, fitness, dancing, safety, volunteering,

practical living, etc.)

• Provide small eating areas and vendors at select

parks

• Finish the greenway trail connection to Umstead

State Park

• Regional wayfinding system with destinations and

time indicators along greenway trails

Additional topics were posted on the public engagement

website to gain feedback for specific issues. Examples of

these topics include:

Barriers that prevent residents from using the Capital

Area Greenways Network (in descending order of votes):

• Inadequate connections to other trails or gaps in the

network;

• Inadequate connections to adjacent uses such as

businesses and neighborhoods;

• Inadequate or inconsistent location and wayfinding

signage;

• Psychological safety concerns (perceived safety);

• Lack of adequate parking at trailheads;

• Inadequate support facilities such as restrooms,

drinking fountains or parking;

• User safety at roadway intersections;

• Physical conditions (e.g. surface, bridges,

intersections);

• Lack of time;

• Inadequate number of passive use areas such as

picnic areas and benches; and

• Lack of interest.

Community Meeting input