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Over the past 10 years alone, the city has continued

growth and prosperity through the recent economic

recession; established a new vision for the city through

the adoption of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and Unified

Development Ordinance (UDO); and received numerous

accolades for its high quality of life, business climate, and

diversity of culture. By setting social, environmental and

economic goals, the three pillars of sustainability, the city

recognizes the important relationship between quality

of life and its parks, recreation and cultural facilities and

programs and influences everything the department does.

By weaving together the social history with the economic

and environmental goals, the City of Raleigh continues to

be a special place to live, work, start a business and play.

Launched in May 2013, the visioning effort for the city’s

parks, recreation and cultural resources began with an

extensive series of public sessions held during a week-

long community workshop of visioning sessions. All

events were hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center

in downtown Raleigh and were free to the public to

participate. Individual sessions, 15 in total, were facilitated

on themes identified during the Needs and Priorities

Assessment phase with public input. Hundreds of

residents attended a kick-off event, various sessions, and

a closing session that provided stations for each theme

with recorded notes, highlights and a presentation of

findings for review. The System Plan is based on the input

of participants from this workshop and from the needs

and priorities assessment (see Chapter 3). The visioning

efforts balanced community input with strategic direction

provided by guiding documents to develop a new vision.

This vision strives to integrate the parks, recreation and

cultural resources system into the city’s infrastructure,

while also addressing evolving trends and changing needs

of the community. This vision can be summarized in the

following vision statement:

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

and cultural resources system is ‘

bringing people

to parks and parks to people.

’ It is a system that

addresses the needs of all and fosters a community of

creativity, engagement, healthy lifestyles, and welcoming

neighborhoods. In addition to providing traditional,

high quality parks, recreation and cultural facilities and

programs, the city uses innovative initiatives to reach all

residents, workers and visitors.

Greystone Recreation Center’s indoor playground

Green roof at Buffalo Road Aquatic Center

Section 4.1


Visioning Statement

4.1 Vision Statement