Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens Expansion
- Planning Phase: $10,000 | Design and Construction: $900,000
- South Central
- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
- McNeely Associates, PA
- Dan Huffman Architecture, PA
- Lysaght & Associates
- Progressive Design Collaborative
- The Wooten Company
- Riggs-Harrod Builders, Inc.
The park is located at 1215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Raleigh 27610 at the corner of MLK Jr Boulevard and Rock Quarry Road.
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and contributions to peace, justice, equality, human dignity, and education by expanding and enhancing the MLK Memorial Gardens , providing a unique historic and educational destination for the citizens of Raleigh, the people of North Carolina and the Nation.
- Enrich the commemorative experience
- Support education opportunities
- Promote community cohesion
- Complement downtown development
- Provide safe, friendly and sustainable leisure environment
- Improve vehicular and pedestrian accessibility
Planning and design for expansion of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens.
|February - November 2012||Planning and Conceptual Design|
|February 9, 2012||Public Leadership Group meeting|
|March 20, 2012||Public input meeting to develop master plan|
|March 28, 2012||Public Leadership Group meeting|
|June 20, 2012||Public Leadership Group meeting|
|August 1, 2012||Public Leadership Group meeting|
|September 20, 2012||Presentation to Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board & public meeting|
|November 6, 2012||Presentation of draft master plan to City Council|
|June 13, 2013||Public meeting to review schematic design|
|June 20, 2013||Presentation to Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board & public meeting|
|July 2, 2013||Presentation of schematic plan to City Council|
|2014 - 2015||Permitting and Construction Documents|
|2015 - 2016||Bidding and Construction|
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens was originally constructed in 1990 through the efforts of a number of park advocates including the Martin Luther King Committee. In 2003, the City acquired 1.67 acres of vacant land adjacent to the park for the purpose of expanding the existing Memorial Gardens. The additional amenities are intended to make the park more user and family-friendly through better meeting the needs of the visiting public, including school children, college students and elderly citizens. In 2008, Community Advocates for Parks in Southeast Raleigh (CAPSR), on behalf of the Martin Luther King Committee, submitted a request to City Council to expand and upgrade the Memorial Gardens. Subsequently, City Council directed staff to consider the expansion project during budget deliberation. The adopted 2012 (fiscal year) capital improvement program budget includes $10,000 for initial planning fees and expenses with a phased budget planned for future fiscal years.
On December 6, 2011, City Council approved the planning process for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens expansion project, to include the establishment of a Public Leadership Group (PLG), two public input meetings, and the development of a conceptual plan.
The PLG consisted of representatives from the following organizations:
Martin Luther King Committee
South Central Citizens Advisory Council
Saint Augustine's College
Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
Wake County Public School System
Community Advocates for Parks in Southeast Raleigh
On November 6, City Council adopted the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens Master Plan, as recommended by the Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board, and authorized staff to proceed to design phase.