Falls Whitewater Park
- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
- Stewart Engineering
- McLaughlin Whitewater Engineering
The City of Raleigh is currently working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to prepare a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Falls Whitewater Park project. This process, along with additional permitting and regulatory compliance, is an important prerequisite to future design and construction.
Stewart Engineering, in conjunction with McLaughlin Whitewater Engineering, has prepared the Feasibility Study for an approximately 600 foot long course beneath the tail race of Falls Lake Dam. The Feasibility study consisted of 30% construction documents with an estimate of probable cost of $3.6 million. Advising the design team was a 17-person Steering Committee made up of representatives from the paddling community, adjacent homeowners, City of Raleigh staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, the Neuse River Organization, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
The study was approved by the Parks, Recreation Greenway Advisory Board on April 28th, 2011 and the study was approved by City Council on May 17, 2011.The City of Raleigh is currently engaged in the next phase of the project, which includes the preparation of a NEPA Environmental Assessment as well as additional permitting and regulatory compliance.
|July through October 2010||Design Development Stage|
|May 17, 2011||Feasibility Study Approved by City Council|
|Summer 2016 - Fall 2017||EA/FONSI; additional permitting and regulatory compliance|
In 1996, the Raleigh City Council adopted the Neuse River Master Recreation Plan, which included the possibility of developing a whitewater course within and along the banks of the Neuse River in the Falls Dam tailrace area. In 2003, City of Raleigh residents approved a Park Bond Referendum which included funding toward the design of a whitewater park in this area. A preliminary analysis was completed in 2003 and the process for a full feasibility study began in 2009. The feasibility study and conceptual plan for the Falls Whitewater Park were adopted by City Council on May 17, 2011.