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Chapter Four



The shared beliefs and qualities most valued by residents of

Raleigh come together to form a set of guiding principles

for the parks, recreation and cultural resources system.

These seven principles shape the goals and objectives of

the system’s vision and the provision of parks, recreation

and cultural facilities and services throughout the city.

Connectivity and Accessibility

Continue to design, build and improve parks, recreation,

and cultural facilities to be accessible and hazard free for

residents and visitors of all abilities. The system should

promote health and wellness and economic development

through connectivity among resources, as well as

connectivity among neighborhoods, commercial areas,

and employment centers to provide a strong sense of

community across the region.

Equitable Distribution

Provide residents with opportunities to enhance their

quality of life andwell being through equitable distribution

of outstanding parks, recreation and cultural facilities and

services. As the city continues to grow and diversify, the

park system will be proactive to accommodate the trends

and needs of all user demographics. Where equitable

distribution is not possible with existing facilities,

innovative alternatives will be considered.

Continuous Reinvestment

The parks, recreation and cultural resources system

continues tobe an important part of the city’s infrastructure

and community fabric. The City and its partners should

continue to regularly maintain and upgrade this system

to keep up with the growing population, changing

demographics, and trends in order to sustain a high

quality of life for city residents.

Collaboration and Coordination

A variety of agencies, public, private and non-profit,

provide parks, recreation and cultural facilities and

program opportunities throughout the City of Raleigh.

The City and its partners should regularly coordinate

and collaborate to avoid unnecessary duplication of

services, leverage resources, and provide the best possible

recreation and cultural experiences.

Balanced Experience

The city should be a national model for improving the

quality of life in the community by providing diverse and

healthy experiences throughout the City of Raleigh. The

city should regularly evaluate changing trends and the

community’s evolving interests and priorities in order to

meet the needs of the public for recreation, education and

healthy living opportunities.


Raleigh’s demographics, development patterns and

lifestyles continue to evolve as the city grows and

urbanizes. The parks, recreation and cultural resources

system should continually respond to these changes with

innovative facility design; programs and services through

the development of new delivery models; and outcome-

based standards and criteria. The city should continue

to seek opportunities within the system to foster creative

solutions and recognize where current practices are


Communication and Engagement

Raleigh residents are passionate about their parks,

recreation and cultural resources system and desire an

active role in decision-making. Communication should

be used to enable a stronger community by promoting

public participation opportunities. The city should

continue to provide opportunities for residents to stay

involved through active marketing and promotion of

park, recreation and cultural opportunities.

Section 4.2


Guiding Principles

4.2 Overview

4.2.1 Guiding Principles