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.
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.
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.
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.
4.2.1 Guiding Principles