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Chapter One

Section 1.2


How to Use the

System Plan



This document is intended to be used for the acquisition

and planning of parks.This SystemPlan is a comprehensive

resource for planning of parks within Raleigh, this System

Plan will assist users in the formation of programming

needs and priorities and long range visioning for the

planning and design of new and existing parks, greenways

and facilities.

This document has been developed in a linear process,

building upon previous work; beginning with an overview

of the existing parks and greenway system, analysis of

public needs and priorities, formation of a long-range

system-wide vision, and lastly implementation action

items, cost analysis, and policy recommendations.

Chapter II

Existing System Overview

Chapter III

Needs and Priorities


Chapter IV


Chapter V



Chapter II

Existing System Overview

2.1 - History of Parks, Recreation and

Cultural Resources in the City of Raleigh

Chapter III

Needs and Priorities Assessment

Figure 1

below illustrates the linear four-step process utilized in

this System Plan. Following these steps, needs and priorities are

refined through the creation of a long-range vision and a detailed

implementation plan. The final product is an achievable plan for

the design, development and delivery of parks and services

throughout the City of Raleigh.

1. The Beginning

2. The Formative Period

3. Consolidation and Refinement

4. The Expansion Era

5. Growth and Investment Era

6. Collaborative Civic Engagement Era

7. The Department Today

2.2 - City-wide Integration

1. Guiding Documents

2. City & Regional Plans & Ordinances

3. Area Studies and Plans

2.3 - Population and Demographics Overview

1. Overview

2. Population Growth

3. Population Characteristics

4. Housing Characteristics

2.4 - Existing Parks and Facilities Overview

1. Methodology

2. Facility Rating

3. Individual Facilities Overview

4. Successes of Existing System

5. Opportunities for Existing System

2.5 - Existing Greenway System Overview

1. Methodology

2. Individual Greenway Overview

3. Successes of Greenway System

4. Opportunities for Existing

Greenway System

2.6 - Existing Programs and Services Overview

1. Introduction

2. Program Identification

3. Program Mix

4. Lifecycle Review

5. Age Segment Review

6. Marketing Approaches

2.7 - Summary of Existing System Overview

3.1 - Public Participation

3.4 - Peer Comparison

3.3 - Citizen Opinion and Interest Survey

3.5 - High Level Lifestyle Analysis

3.6 - Recreation Programs and Services Assessment

3.7 - Existing Level of Service Analysis

3.8 - Summary of Needs and Priorities

1. Community Engagement

2. Focus Groups

3. Stakeholder Interviews

4. Websites

5. Summary

1. Methodology

2. Agency-to-Agency

3. Citizen-to-Citizen

4. Summary of Findings

1. Methodology

2. Survey Responses

3. Importance and Unmet Needs

4. Summary of Findings

1. Methodology

2. Analysis

3. Summary of Findings

1. Survey Results for Programs

2. Current Program Assessment

3. Future Programs

4. Recommendations

1. Methodology

2. Existing Acreage LOS

3. Existing Facilities LOS

4. Existing Access LOS

5. Summary

3.2 - Online Public Opinion Survey

1. Methodology

2. Key Findings

3. Individual Questions

4. Summary of Findings