Sierra/Lineberry Drive Park Schematic Design

Last updated May 09, 2017 - 12:21 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • obs landscape architects

Current Activity

Raleigh City Council approved the Schematic Design for Sierra Lineberry Drive Park and the project is currently under permit review.

Summary

The Sierra/Lineberry Drive Park is a 2.42-acre vacant city property in Southwest Raleigh, located at the northeast corner of Sierra and Lineberry Drives. A Park Master Plan was adopted in November 2014 by City Council to guide the future development of this property.

The Schematic Design proposes neighborhood park recreation amenities including a picnic shelter, comfort station, basketball court, playground, multipurpose open lawn area and associated parking. Funding in the amount of $1,250,000 in the 2014 Parks Bond Referendum has been allocated for the implementation of the Master Plan.

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
March 2016Pre-Design
March - July 2016Construction Documents
March 4-21, 2016City Review of SD Building Plans
March 25- May 1, 2016City Review of SD Site Plans
April 11, 2016CAC Meeting
June 16, 2016Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board Meeting
July 5, 2016City Council Meeting
June 2, 201660% Design/Development Complete
June 2-16, 2016City Review of Design/Development Plans
July 18- August 1, 201690% Construction Documents
Fall - Winter 2016Permitting
Summer 2017Bidding and Contract Award
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018Construction

History

The property was cleared several times - as recently as 2005 - in anticipation of residential development which never materialized. The City of Raleigh acquired the 2.42 acre vacant property in 2009 to address the documented need for a neighborhood park among adjacent neighborhoods.

In the spring of 2013, the City of Raleigh prepared a System Integration Plan (SIP) for the Sierra/Lineberry Drive property. This document provides an overview of property conditions (such as vegetation, lot size, and drainage) while addressing immediate safety concerns, environmental issues, and suggests interim site recommendations.

The City of Raleigh hired consultants to develop a master plan for the park through a public park planning process. Following a kick-off presentation at the Southwest Citizen Advisory Council meetings in Summer 2013, the consultant presented a “Situational Assessment.” Informed by research and data collection, the Situational Assessment provides specific considerations for the planning process, including nominations for a representative Citizen Planning Committee. By recommendation of the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board, the City Council approved the Situation Assessment and the members of the Citizen Planning Committee on October 15, 2013.

The Citizen Planning Committee (CPC) met for the first time on Tuesday October 29, 2013 at Carolina Pines Community Center. Project team staff introduced the history of the project and background information on the park planning process. CPC members then participated in a facilitated discussion to identify social, recreational and other values and needs of the community that should shape the development of the park.

The first public workshop was held on Tuesday November 19, 2013 at Carolina Pines Community Center. The workshop was an open house format where attendees discussed the project with planning committee members and City of Raleigh staff. Meeting attendees also had the opportunity to participate in two activities. The first activity provided an aerial map of the park property for participants to identify areas for preservation, safety concerns, and potential amenities for the park. The second activity provided pictures of parks in the area and throughout the country. Participants selected up to five pictures they felt represented characteristics that would address the needs of the community and their own visions for this site. Comment forms were also available during and following this workshop.

The Citizen Planning Committee then reviewed all public comments in a process to develop a Park Vision and to refine various park concepts. The Park Vision and Outcome Measures were refined in the committee's third meeting, held in March, 2014.

The second Public Workshop, held on Saturday April 5, 2014, showcased 3 design concepts for the future park. A summary of the Park Concepts and comments was generated at the workshop.

At their fourth meeting on April 29, 2014, the Citizen Planning Committee discussed public comments regarding park plan preferences and other considerations. They then came to a consensus on the desired Outcome Measures for the park and a Preferred Park Plan design. Those results, and a discussion on development priorities for the park, provided a focus for the final Public Workshop on May 20, 2014.

The Citizen Planning Committee held their final meeting on August 26th and endorsed the Sierra/Lineberry Park Master Plan.

The draft master plan began the public approval process with a presentation and public hearing before the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board on September 18, 2014. On October 23, 2014, the board voted to recommend that the Raleigh City Council approve the master plan for this site. The Sierra/Lineberry Drive Park Master Plan is to be considered for adoption by the City Council on November 18, 2014.

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