Parks and Greenway Bond Status
2003 & 2007 Bond Projects
Raleigh voters approved bonds in 2003 and 2007 for parks and greenway projects.
2007 Parks and Greenway Bond Projects
|Honeycutt Creek Greenway||Design||$ 2,300,000|
|Crabtree Creek Greenway||Planning||$ 6,588,721|
|Neuse River Greenway||Construction||$ 13,000,000|
|Walnut Creek Greenway||Design||$ 3,000,000|
|Land Acquisition||Planning||$ 15,000,000|
|Unsatisfied Neighborhood Park Search Areas||Planning||$ 3,000,000|
|Playground Improvements||Construction||$ 878,222|
|Building Improvements||Construction||$ 1,750,000|
|Outdoor Security Lighting||Construction||$ 239,825|
|Signage Package||Construction||$ 300,000|
|Halifax Center Improvements||Construction
|Jaycee Center Expansion||Complete||$ 1,190,732|
|Barwell Road Park Development||Design
|Carolina Pines Center Expansion||Complete||$ 700,000|
|Pullen Park Carriageway Bridge||$ 2,000,000|
|Chavis Park Carousel Building Adaptive Re-Use||Planning||$ 500,000|
|Raleigh Senior Center
|Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve||Complete||$ 2,000,000|
|Mordecai Interpretive Center||Construction||$ 1,562,500|
|Randleigh Farm||$ 400,000|
|Aquatics Facility - Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center||Complete||$ 8,000,000|
|Abbotts Creek Community Center
(formerly Northeast Raleigh Community Center)
|Abbotts Creek Park
(formerly Northeast Raleigh Active Recreation Partnership)
|Lake Johnson Facility
2003 Parks and Greenway Bond Projects
|House Creek Greenway||Complete||$ 1,495,000|
|Crabtree Creek Greenway||Design
|Honeycutt Creek Greenway||Construction||$ 1,760,723|
|Chavis Way Extension||Planning||$ 23,000|
|Little Rock Trail Extension||Complete||$ 333,000|
|Walnut Creek Greenway||Design
|Upper Neuse River Greenway||Complete
|Land Acquisition||Complete||$ 2,000,000|
|Playground Improvements||Construction||$ 500,000|
|Building Improvements||Complete||$ 750,000|
|Outdoor Security Lighting||Complete||$ 225,000|
|Mordecai Park Renovation||Complete||$ 325,000|
|Green Road Gym Addition||Complete||$1,202,000|
|Lake Lynn Gym Addition||Complete||$ 1,202,000|
|Optimist Pool Improvements||Complete||$ 4,195,313|
|Seasonal Pool Conversion||Complete||$ 455,000|
|Walnut Creek Environmental Ed. Ctr.||Complete||$ 2,060,000|
|Forest Ridge Park||Design||$ 6,260,936|
|Marsh Creek Community Center||Complete||$ 6,189,520|
|Neighborhood School Parks||Planning||$ 600,000|
|Chavis Park Improvements||Complete||$ 975,000|
|Pullen Park Improvements||Complete||$ 7,504,538|
|Brier Creek Facility||Complete||$ 1,000,000|
|Hill Street Neighborhood Park
|Sanderford Road Neighborhood Ctr.||Complete||$ 1,300,000|
|Skate Park||Complete||$ 520,000|
|Isabella Cannon Park Improvements
(formerly Gardner Street Park)
|Neuse River Whitewater Park||Design||$ 195,000|
What proposal appeared on the Oct. 9 ballot?
Raleigh voters were asked to consider an $88.6 million bond issue for parks and greenway projects.
How will the parks bonds be used?
The parks bonds, along with other available funds, will provide:
- $16.1 million for the completion of projects that Raleigh voters approved in the
2003 parks and greenway referendum;
- $16 million for greenway development;
- $15 million for park land acquisition;
- $4.9 million to expand the capacity of current park and recreational facilities; and,
- $36.6 million to build new park and recreation facilities.
What projects are being proposed in the bond referendum?
How were the projects listed for the proposed bond chosen?
Categorical areas, such as Completion of 2003 Bond Projects, Greenway Development, Park Land Acquisition, Capacity Needs, New Facility Development, were defined and project-by-project assessments were done on a system-wide basis.
Why is a mile of greenway construction so expensive?
The typical greenway trail is a 10-feet wide asphalt trail. Currently the average cost for the construction of a mile of greenway trail is in excess of $700,000. Included in this average cost are land acquisition costs, engineering costs, permitting costs, and construction. Engineering, permitting and construction costs are all high relative to other general construction because of the sites on which a greenway trail is constructed. These sites are dominated by alluvial soils which require evaluation and possible stabilizing solutions in order to support the trail and its traffic; wetlands which required avoidance by construct boardwalks; and storm drainage issues which require that flood elevations and impacts be considered. An asphalt trail is planned in order to provide handicap and multi-user access. The width is planned as 10-feet to minimize conflicts between users that are traveling at different speeds and in opposite directions.
Are there less expensive ways to build trails?
There are less expensive ways to build trails, but with each alternative there are associated losses of benefit or increased operating costs. For example, trails can be constructed with 'select fines' which provides handicap accessibility, but the material washes easily. Because most of the Capital Area Greenway System is located within floodplains, the trail surface will be inundated several times annual. The runoff will cause the trail surface material to wash and/or float requiring that the trail surface be rehabilitated after every flooding event. The trail width might be reduced, but this will increase user conflicts between different types of trail users. Reducing the width also means that maintenance, emergency and security access is limited.
When was the most recent parks bond referendum held?
The citizens of Raleigh last voted on a parks and recreation bond referendum in 2003, when $47.25 million in parks system improvements were approved.
What is the history for Parks and Recreation Bond packages?
The three most recent Parks and Recreation Bond packages were:
1995: $28 Million, approximately
2000: $16 Million
2003: $47.25 Million
What was the $47.25 million bond fund, approved in 2003 for parks system improvements, used for?
Projects in the 2003 bond program included greenway development, park land acquisition, facility upgrades, expansion of existing facilities, new park development and redevelopment of older park facilities.
Why did work on the 2003 bond projects not begin immediately following passage of the bond?
The Raleigh City Council approved a resolution pledging that if voters approved the bond package, the City would not issue bonds until the economy improved. This kept City property taxes from being increased to pay for the bond projects. Once the bonds were issued after 18 months of capacity growth, funding was allocated to projects over a five year fiscal period.
How will this bond be scheduled?
The funding schedule for the bond projects included in this year's bond will be determined by the Raleigh City Council.
Where is the City with its debt load?
The City of Raleigh historically has maintained a reasonable level of debt by maintaining a balance between pay-as-you-go funding and long-term debt, represented mostly by bonds. State statute allows cities to legally incur general obligation debt of up to 8 percent of the assessed value in the city. As of June 30, 2007 the City had general obligation debt of approximately .90 percent of its assessed value. Should bonds be issued for the proposed parks and recreation bonds, the City's outstanding debt would be approximately 1.17 percent of its assessed value.
Why does the City use bonds to finance parks and other projects such as roads and public utilities?
The use of bonds for financing major capital improvements allows pay back of the funds over the life of the capital item. In the case of general capital projects such as parks and streets - which benefit the community as a whole - general obligation debt is normally used and is secured by the taxing power of the City. For enterprises like the water and sanitary sewer system, where there is a self-supporting rate system in place, the City usually issues revenue bonds. These revenue bonds are repaid from the utility fees paid by customers.
How can I learn more about the 2007 parks bond referendum?
For answers to questions regarding the parks bond referendum, contact Parks and Recreation Director Diane Sauer at 919-996-4815.