It is a great pleasure to present the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Parks, Recreation
and Cultural Resources Department.
We had a historic year, highlighted by the City’s acquisition of the Dorothea Dix property.
Our goal is to create a world-class destination park for the enjoyment of all our citizens
and visitors. The City has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dix Park
Conservancy for a public–private partnership to raise funds to develop a park master
plan. We intend to initiate the planning process in 2017, offering extensive and diverse
opportunities for the public to become engaged.
Meanwhile, planning and implementation continued to move forward aggressively on
capital and bond projects.
• With tremendous citizen support and input, the
Plan, “Creative Life,” was
unanimously approved by City Council. The plan lays out eight goals and associated
strategies that will help make Raleigh a nationally recognized leader in arts and culture.
Chavis Memorial Park
master plan moved into the implementation study phase
over the past year. The study will allow us to move from an incredible master plan vision to
Phase 1 schematic design.
• City Council approved the schematic design for
in December 2015 with the
goal of beginning construction fall 2016.
• The planned two-mile section of the
Crabtree West Greenway
trail to Umstead State
Park will provide a critical link in our greenway system. City Council approved the project
alignment and parking in April 2016. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2017.
Abbots Creek Park and Community Center
opened in northeast Raleigh, south of the
North Wake Landfill. The park and community center are designed to promote healthy,
active lifestyles for people of all ages.
• Construction has started on the
Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center
at Lake Johnson
Park with completion expected in early fall 2016. The multipurpose center will offer a
connection to the natural environment. It will feature space for community and educational
activities and displays on health and nature.
We will continue to work hard to provide a model parks system for citizens of Raleigh to enjoy
and be proud of. We are committed to maintaining our parks and facilities in a clean and safe
manner, to preserving and protecting our natural environment and providing the highest quality
recreation opportunities for citizens of every age and ability.
In closing, I would like to sincerely thank City Council and the citizens of Raleigh whose
continued and unwavering support make these accomplishments possible.
Diane B. Sauer, Director
Together we connect and enrich our community through exceptional experiences.