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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System Plan

Last updated Aug. 06, 2014 - 1:48 pm
Your Parks, Your Future

On May 6, 2014 the Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to approve the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System Plan.

Thank you to the community for your input, ideas and time put into the System Plan process. Over 5,300 of you participated over 8,400 hours of your time through the City Council-appointed citizen Planning Committee, the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB), websites, social media, focus groups, surveys, community visioning workshops, community meetings, and outreach to Citizen Advisory Councils (CAC) and boards. This extensive input allowed us to create a System Plan based on the community’s values which will guide the direction, development and delivery of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources services for the next 20 years.

Next Steps:

With the adoption of the System Plan the City Council will begin discussion on funding for the priority Capital Implementation Projects presented in the Plan in June 2014. Also moving forward out of the System Plan is the Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guide.

For more information and to download a copy of the Guide, visit Capital Area Greenway Trail System.

System Plan

Download a copy of the draft System Plan here

Draft System Plan

Existing Systems Analysis - Part 1 (Jan 2013)

Part 1 will take a snapshot of the current conditions of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System as whole. Information reviewed will include, but not limited to, existing plans, studies, demographic, market, and geographic. This will provide a baseline to analyze the system as it currently exists.

Existing System Analysis Summary Download

Needs and Priorities Assessment - Part 2 (May 2013)

Part 2 began in January, and has several public outreach initiatives and participation opportunities; community meetings, focus groups, public visioning workshops, a statistically valid survey, and a public engagement website, YourParksYourFuture.com. The information gathered from Part 2 will provide the framework for Part 3, the Long Range Vision.

Needs and Priorities Report Review

Part Two, the Needs and Priorities Assessment began in January with a three month long public outreach initiative that resulted in overwhelming public participation. Thank you for your support! The Needs and Priorities Report, a comprehensive summary of that feedback, is available for your review and comments at YourParksYourFuture.com.

Download: Draft | Appendix

Long Range Vision - Part 3 (October 2013)

The Long Range Vision Chapter's goal is to establish and define the communities’ aspirations for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. The Vision Chapter reflects input received from the entire System Plan process, including; Extensive Public Input from the week of Visioning Sessions held in May, the technical review of the existing department and facilities (Chapter 2.), and a multi-faceted public discussion of the needs and priorities of the department (Chapter 3).

The outline for the Vision Chapter establishes a set of Guiding Principles that informs a series of goals and objectives for each Subsystem. The goals and objectives for each Subsystem are meant to be broad enough to stand the test of time, but detailed enough to reflect the needs of Raleigh. The Vision is meant to set the framework for the next part of the System Plan, the Implementation Plan.

Download: Vision Chapter Draft| Visioning Session Closing Presentation

Visioning Session Kick-off Video

Implementation Plan - Part 4

The Implementation Chapter is the final chapter in the System Plan document and includes the development of a Strategic Plan including action items and timeframes for the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. These tools will help the Department move forward and achieve the Vision, Guiding Principles, and Goals and Objectives as stated in Chapter 4.

The action items in this chapter reflect the input received throughout the entire System Plan process, including; extensive public input from the week of Visioning Sessions held in May 2013, the technical review of the existing department conditions and facilities (Chapter 2), a multi-faceted public discussion of the needs and priorities of the Department (Chapter 3), and the community's aspirations as identified in Chapter 4.

The Implementation Chapter is also available on YourParksYourFuture.com. At this site you can download the chapter and provide comments. Additionally, a series of public meetings are being planned for late March. When the times and dates are finalized, an update with this information will be posted here.

Implementation Chapter Download

Current - Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System Plan - Part 5

Part 5 will compile all the work completed into a draft Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System Plan Document. It will include:

  • Existing System Analysis
  • Needs and Priorities Assessment
  • Long Range Vision
  • Implementation Plan

Part 5 will be heavily focused on public participation with review of the draft System Plan by community meetings, the RCAC, stakeholders, city staff, and Planning Committee and Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board. The draft plan will also be available for review online at YourParksYourFuture. The draft System Plan will become the official guiding document for the next twenty years of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources once it is approved by City Council.

Review Process

The Planning Committee and the Parks, Recreation, Greenway Advisory Board will be heavily involved throughout the System Plan process. They will receive presentations at the end of each part. The Planning Committee will also participate through various meetings throughout the creation of the System Plan. Also monthly updates will be made at the PRGAB meetings. The PRGAB meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month in the Module at Jaycee Park at 5:30.

The City Council will also be involved throughout the process by presentations at the end of Part 2, Part 4, and final approval at the end of Part 5. Council will also be engaged through the representation of one Council member serving on the Planning Committee.

Your Parks, Your Future

We need your support and involvement to create a successful System Plan for Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Remember, these are your parks and your future!

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