System Planning for Parks and Greenways
What’s the vision for the City’s parks and greenways?
The City defines a broad vision for the entire park and greenway system primarily through two documents: the City of Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the Raleigh Parks Plan. The documents provide a vision, goals, objectives and policies that guide staff.
The Park, Recreation and Open Space Element of the City of Raleigh 2030 Comprehensive Plan is a broad guide for all park and greenway facilities. This element and others, such as Environmental Protection, Land Use, Community Facilities and Services, provide policy and recommended actions for the City as a whole. The comprehensive plan projects local and regional growth patterns and public infrastructure needs including parks, greenways and open space for conservation of natural resources and protection of our quality of life. Funding, acquisition of properties, classification of new lands acquired, and master planning are each guided by the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan.
Small amendments to the comprehensive plan are made twice annually. Larger-scale amendments are completed every five years to provide an opportunity to gauge trends and re-examine policy guidance based on city actions. The Department of City Planning will begin the five year analysis in 2014. For more information visit the 2030 Comprehensive Plan webpage.
Parks and Recreation System Plan
The System Plan is a supplemental document to the Comprehensive Plan and is the strategic system plan that guides the growth and development of the City's park and greenway system. Future park needs are compared with an existing inventory of park facilities over a twenty to thirty year horizon. Included within this plan are recommendations for new park development, maintenance and continued renovation of existing parks and facilities, and guidelines that will allow the system to provide ample recreational opportunities for all citizens while remaining flexible to change with recreational trends, significant development opportunities and Raleigh’s growing population. A system plan is developed every five to ten years. The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department kicked off their System Plan process in September 2012. For additional information please visit the System Plan site.
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