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Chapter Four



The vision for the City of Raleigh’s parks, recreation

and cultural resources facilities and programs is linked

to the vision of the city as a whole. The city’s system of

parks, open spaces, recreation facilities, greenways, arts,

and natural areas, all elements of the public realm, are

woven into the fabric of what makes the City of Raleigh

a great place to live, work and play. This vision integrates

components of previous and on-going city-wide efforts to

achieve the overall vision and goals for Raleigh defined in

the 2030 Comprehensive Plan (see Section 2.2).

The approach for developing the parks, recreation and

cultural resources system vision is a three-part effort: 1)

through a multi-faceted public input process (Chapter 3),

residents indicated their needs and priorities for parks,

recreation and cultural facilities and programs. Though

most residents recognize that there are multiple providers

of parks, recreation and cultural resource services, many

continue to see a major role for the city in the provision

of these services. 2) Supplementing this public input, city

staff and the consultant team completed a technical review

of the existing parks system that identified continued

improvements needed in order to maintain a high level of

service for residents. 3) Community input was gathered

on 15 themes identified through the needs assessment

phase during a week-long workshop of visioning sessions

at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Vision is built upon a framework distilled from input

and analysis conducted as part of this three-step effort.

The vision is composed of four key components:

• Vision Statement

• Guiding Principles

• Goals

• Objectives

The vision statement, guiding principles, and goals are

intended to guide the parks, recreation and cultural

resources system over the next 20 years. Objectives

have been developed to reflect the combined results of

input and analysis completed in Chapter 2 (Existing

System Overview) and Chapter 3 (Needs and Priorities

Assessment) of this planning document. These

objectives are intended to be modified as needed to

ensure achievement of the overall vision identified in

the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan. In the next chapter,

action items are identified to implement this vision (see

Implementation Plan, Chapter 5) within the focus of

community priorities, funding strategies and defined

roles. These actions items are intended to be updated

on a regular basis by staff to reflect the changing trends,

priorities and roles within the community.

Nature play area at Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

Section 4.0


Visioning Process

4.0 Introduction

4.0.1 Approach

Walnut Creek Wetland Center