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Needs and Priorities Assessment

Needs (Compiled from Community Meetings

and Online):

A. Most Important Facilities with Highest Unmet


1. Greenway Trails

2. Smaller Neighborhood Parks

3. Tennis Courts

4. Picnic Areas/ Shelters

5. Nature Parks and Preserves

6. Restrooms

7. Indoor Pools

8. Dog Parks

9. Accessible Playgrounds

10. Disc Golf

B. Most Important Activities with Highest Unmet


1. Fitness and Wellness

2. Nature

3. Aquatics

4. Tennis

5. Visual Arts

6. Adventure Recreation

7. Teens (6th - 12th Grade)

8. Food Vendors


needs and priorities assessment

Forming the foundation of the qualitative research, public

participation provides a snap shot of the views of residents,

stakeholders and elected officials for the vision and needs

and priorities of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation

and Cultural Resources System. With the interaction of

over 5,300 citizens through face-to-face meetings and

online conversations, the System Plan team gained a better

understanding of the community’s needs. Below is a list

that summarizes the top needs for facilities and activities

based on input provided during all four community

meetings and one teen workshop. Following the needs

list, a list of the top priorities themes is provided that

summarizes input from each of the public participation



• Greenway wayfinding needs to highlight

destinations, fitness and nutrition information,

educational/ interpretative elements and amenities

such as benches;

• Better greenway connectivity to neighborhoods;

• Hierarchy of types and functions of greenways;

• Equitable distribution of small, neighborhood

parks with connections to sidewalks and greenways


• Focus on improving or reinvigorating existing

facilities (athletic fields, tennis) and parks;

• Develop new urban lifestyle-based parks and

greenway connection options for urbanizing areas

with immediate and long-term solutions;

• Identify future natural lands for preservation and

provide an equitable distribution of nature parks;

• Provide better coordination with schools for

educational curriculum recreation programs and

greenway connection options;

• Additional off-leash dog parks, some with lights and

extended hours;

• More playgrounds for toddlers and better playground

options such as natural and barrier free playgrounds;

• More and better specialized recreation classes

(i.e. art classes, fitness, dancing, safety, volunteering,

practical living, technology and English as a Second


• Create common voice in the arts community;

• Provide alternative transportation options from and

to parks;

• More programs and locations for special populations

through partnerships;

• Co-develop aquatic center with partners such as

surrounding communities and schools;

• Keep the character of the city through integration of

the arts, history and diversity;

• More disc golf opportunities throughout the city;


• Provide small eating areas and vendors at select


3.1.5 Public Participation Summary