Leesville Park and Library
- Funding for this project comes from the the 2000 Park and Recreation Bond Referendum approved by voters. $160,000 in funding is available for Phase 1.5. This is funding that remained after the first phase of development was completed.
- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
- obs landscape architects
- City of Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning (Partner)
- Leesville Community Safety Task Force (Partner)
Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) District: Northwest
The project team is proceeding with the design of a 10-foot wide multipurpose trail connecting Whitley Drive to Country Trail. This trail will provide an alternative route into the park and to Country Trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, and others coming from the neighborhoods south of Leesville Park.
The City of Raleigh is working with the Leesville Community Safety Task Force, a group of citizens interested in improving the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists around the Leesville School Complex, to prioritize improvements for a Safe Routes to School grant proposal. The Federal Safe Routes to School Program helps to create safe walking and biking connections for students traveling between home and school.
Development of Phase 1.5 continues thanks to remaining funds at the conclusion of Phase 1 development. Amenities planned for Phase 1.5 include a pedestrian crosswalk and associated signage on Country Trail, sidewalk extension to the school campus along the south side of Country Trail, a 10-foot paved multipurpose trail connecting neighborhoods south of the park to Country Trail, and fencing around the historic chimney and interpretive signage in the Heritage Garden.
The Office of Transportation Planning, in concert with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, is currently investigating the possibility of applying for a Safe Routes to School grant to create safe walking and biking connections for students traveling between home, school and the park.
Design and cost estimate analysis performed to date show that funding is not available at this time to construct the off-leash dog park that was originally planned for Phase 1.5 funds. This feature is planned for the northwest corner of the site as part of a future phase of development.
For additional information see the Planned Amenities link under Related Information.
|May 1, 2007||Master Plan Adopted|
|September 26, 2009||Opening of Leesville Community Park and Library|
|July 10, 2012||SRTS Proposal presented to NWCAC|
|November 26, 2012||Leesville Community Safety Task Force Meeting #1|
|March 4, 2013||Leesville Community Safety Task Force Meeting #2|
|Summer 2013||Design of Multipurpose Trail|
|August 24, 2013||Back to School Safety Day|
|August 24, 2013||Public Open House to Share the Design for Phase II Park Improvements|
Leesville Community Park is a 55-acre wooded park located on Country Trail, off of Leesville Road, just south of the Leesville Road School campus. The property was once a farmstead, and remnants of the home's chimney and the family cemetery, with five grave sites, are still found on the property.
In May 2007 the City Council adopted the Master Plan for Leesville Community Park. Elements included in the park master plan are a branch library, as part of an agreement with Wake County, a community center, playground, picnic opportunities, and trails. An off-leash dog area in the original draft master plan was removed from the east side of the site and was specified as an opportunity for future park development in the northwest corner of the site.
Phase 1 of Leesville Community Park and Library opened on September 26, 2009. Park elements in this first phase include a temporary playground with elements for 2-5 year olds and 5 to 12 year olds, a heritage garden with a short trail, and a restroom facility.