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Chapter Five


implementation plan

Implementation of the Action Items identified in Section 5.1

will required on-going detailed planning. Phasing of Actions

Items rely on three primary factors: priority level; available

funding; and responsible party(ies). All three factors must

be monitored and continuously evaluated. This section will

concentrate on identifying priority capital implementation

projects that advance short-term Action Items, while the

department assesses operating impacts.

In addition to the capital implementation projects, it is

recommended that the Department quantify system-wide

deferred maintenance costs and prioritize needs. The

Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources System is

an aging one where the average facility is over 38 years old,

and an average swimming pool is over 26 years old. Deferred

maintenance is a short-term solution to immediate financial

needs, and long-term deferment can lead to system failures

that can be greater than the deferred cost savings.

Three categories have been established for the completion

of individual Action Items; short-term (1-5 year priority

actions); medium-term (up to 10 years); and long-term

(over 10 years before completion). This section focuses on

the short-term or highest priority Action Items that are to

be undertaken in the next five years. Action Items in the

short-term category focus on publicly identified system

priorities such as:

• Maintain and enhance existing parks, greenways and


• Equitable distribution of small, neighborhood parks

with connections to sidewalks and greenways within

one-mile of each resident;

• Better greenway connectivity to neighborhoods

with hierarchy of types and functions, enhanced

wayfinding and amenities;

• Focus on improving or reinvigorating existing

facilities (athletic fields, tennis), greenways and parks;

• Develop new urban lifestyle-based parks and

greenway connections;

• Additional playground options such as natural

and barrier-free playgrounds, and for younger age


• Improvements to aquatic facilities; and

• Improve athletic facilities to meet the needs for

quality of residents and enhance awareness of

programs offered by city.

Priority projects have been identified with public input

that reflect citizens’ needs, as well as, department staff

capital improvements analysis of park sites, facilities,

greenway and other infrastructure needs. Priority capital

improvement projects have been grouped into four

categories: Park and Facility Improvements; Cultural

Resources; Greenways; and Land Acquisition and

Development shown in

Table 80.

Table 80: Proposed Capital Implementation Projects

Park and Facility Implementation Projects


Estimated Cost

Brentwood Neighborhood Center and Park


Apollo Heights Neighborhood Center and Park


Kiwanis Neighborhood Center and Park


Eastgate Neighborhood Center and Park


John Chavis Memorial Park


Walnut Creek Athletic Complex Improvements


Walnut Creek Wetland Park Improvements


Moore Square Improvements


System-wide ADA Improvements


Aquatic Facilities Improvements


Building System Upgrades


Sport and Outdoor Site Lighting Upgrades


Playground Upgrades and Replacement


Shelley Lake Comfort Station


Cultural Resources Projects

Historic Site Improvements


New Pullen Art Center


Greenway Projects

Miscellaneous Greenway Improvements


Neighborhood and Community Connections


Trenton Road Greenway Trail


Lassiter Mill/ Allegheny Trail Improvements


Crabtree Creek Connection to Umstead State Park


Land Acquisition and Development

Land Acquisition


Baileywick Community Center (new)


Lineberry Neighborhood Park


Capital Blvd. (Devereux Meadows & North Blvd Park)


Perry Creek (Joint with WCPSS)




2014 Cost Estimates

5.2.3 Phasing Strategies