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A community consensus-building process in

2012 gave rise to a bold vision for the John

Chavis Memorial Park to “

honor our past,

plan for the future

.” City Council adopted

the vision in May 2014, setting the stage for

improvements to the historic park, situated on

the edge of downtown near Shaw University.

The City commissioned the Raleigh architecture

firm Clearscapes to lead a public study on how

best to implement a revised master plan for

the park. The eight-month implementation study

produced key recommendations and strategies

for review by the public, the Parks, Recreation

and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council.

Construction documentation, engineering and

permitting will be underway in the summer of

2016, with construction to begin in late 2017.

The project will receive for

$12.5 million


funding from the 2014 park bond issue.

2015-2016 Annua l Repor t


er Plan