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Chapter Three

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needs and priorities assessment

Over 92% of respondents had a positive or fair rating to

the condition and appearance of City of Raleigh parks

with over 71% stating an excellent or good rating. This

reflects a very positive view of parks in the City of Raleigh

by residents, visitors and workers, and is consistent with

feedback received at several public participation events.

Table 19.

Condition and Appearance

A little over 50% of respondents indicated that a ½ mile or

a ten minute walk is their definition of ‘walking distance,’

which is consistent with most post-war, first-tier suburban

and urban development patterns. The second highest

number of respondents selected one mile or a 20 minute

walking distance.

Table 20.

Walking Distance

Slightly over 53% of respondents stated that they feel there

is sufficient access to greenway trails from their residence.

Over 46% of respondents do not feel there is sufficient access.

Table 21.

Access to Greenways

The most significant reason that prevented respondents

from using greenway trails more often in the City of

Raleigh was a ‘lack of connection to neighborhoods.’ This

was followed by ‘lack of time’ and ‘perceived safety.’

Table 22.

Greenway Barriers

Rate the condition and appearance of ALL the parks

and recreation sites in the City of Raleigh you have

visited?

17.1%

54.4%

21.3%

6.3%

0.9%

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Very Poor

How would you define ‘walking distance?’

19.2%

50.5%

28.3%

10.1%

0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%

1/4 Mile (5 minute walk)

1/2 Mile (10 minute walk)

1 Mile (20 minute walk)

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1/2 Miles (30 minute walk)

Do you feel there is sufficient access to greenway

trails from your residence?

YES

53.7%

NO

46.3%

22%

11%

28%

25%

31%

36%

10%

11%

19%

8%

0% 10% 20% 30% 40%

Lack of adequate

parking

User safety at roadway

intersections

Perceived safety

Lack of connections to

trails

Lack of time

Lack of connections to

neighborhoods

Physical condition

Inadequate signage

Inadequate amenities

Lack of interest

Most significant reasons that prevent you or other

members of your household from using greenway

trails of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and

Cultural Resources Department more often.