4.3.9 Growth Centers
The City of Raleigh’s demographics, development
patterns, and lifestyles are changing as the city continues
to urbanize. Existing and new residents are moving into
downtown Raleigh and other growth centers to enjoy
the benefits of an urban lifestyle, including decreased
dependence on automobiles; enhanced walkability;
reduced commute times; and easy access to shopping,
restaurants, cultural venues and events. This trend
is important to recognize as parks, recreation and
cultural needs differ between urban and suburban
areas. Household sizes are smaller and there is a higher
demand for accessible open spaces in urban areas, while
the high cost of urban land requires more compact and
efficient parks, recreation and cultural facilities.
Goal 1: The City of Raleigh will provide
adequate park and open spaces within
urbanizing areas of the city.
Goal 2: The City of Raleigh will respond to
urban lifestyle needs with attractive, flexible,
high quality functional urban parks, plazas
and open spaces.
Establish new urban park types and
acquisition criteria to ensure that Growth Centers in the
city have adequate access to a mix of parks and open space
types to meet needs.
Establish new public and private
partnerships that increase opportunities for a variety of
parks and open spaces.
Create new urban parks and enhance
existing urban parks throughout Growth Centers using
proactive planning, partnerships and innovative approaches.
Utilize existing and future public
transportation centers, greenway trails and pedestrian
connections to provide access to parks, recreation and
cultural opportunities throughout growth areas and city-wide.
Capitalize on regional and/or state
resources to meet recreation and open space needs.
The City of Raleigh will provide adequate park and
open spaces within urbanizing areas of the city.
Develop new standards and sustainability
criteria for urban parks, plazas and open spaces that
ensure implementation of sustainable community
Enhance existing downtown public
spaces to meet urban lifestyles, attract new residents and
businesses, and provide accessible recreation programs
Continue to engage the public in the
planning and design of innovative urban parks and
The City of Raleigh will respond to urban lifestyle
needs with attractive, flexible, high quality functional
urban parks, plazas and open spaces.