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
funding from the 2014 park bond issue.
2015-2016 Annua l Repor t