Devereux Meadows Park
- Park and Greenway
- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
- Tetra Tech Engineering P.C.
- Andropogon Associates, LTD.
- EPR Inc.
The Devereux Meadows Park Project is being conducted in multiple phases, beginning with an environmental site analysis and site constraints evaluation. This phase includes conducting soil and water testing to determine what kind of pollutants are on the site and where they are located. The information gathered during this phase will be used to determine preliminary site constraints that can be used to determine what features can and cannot be added in specific locations across the property. The information collected in this phase will also identify what additional testing is necessary in the next phase, ultimately leading to the development of a plan to remove or remediate the pollutants on the site. Future phases will focus on the design and construction elements of the park.
The timing of future phases is yet to be determined but they cannot proceed until the completion of this first phase. That being said, future phases are anticipated to begin shortly after the completion of the Environmental Site Analysis and Site Constraints Evaluation. While full build out of the park will occur over the course of the coming years, significant changes are already occurring on the site as a result of work being completed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, for their Capital Boulevard widening project. More information about that project can be found on NCDOT’s Capital Boulevard Bridge Replacements webpage. To watch changes occur on the site over time, check out the Devereux Meadows Webcam!
The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department intends to design and implement a park, greenway trail and the restoration of Pigeon House Branch on two parcels of City owned property. The future Devereux Meadows Park will cover approximately 14 acres, consisting of all the area between Capital Boulevard to the east, West Street to the west, Dortch Street to the north, and Peace Street to the south, with the exception of the parcels containing existing commercial and/or industrial buildings between West Street and Pigeon House Branch. The majority of this area is located in a floodplain, making it susceptible to frequent flooding. It contains several buildings, paved areas, and other infrastructure, both above and below ground. The land may also contain areas of surface and/or subsurface environmental contamination that may warrant active remediation or containment, will influence the design of park features and stream restoration and impact the cost of implementing this project. Given the location of the site in a floodplain, the site is not conducive to active park facilities and buildings. For this reason, the City envisions the site to have the following:
- Largely open grass fields;
- Repurposed pavements where desirable;
- Environmental and/or historical experience and interpretation;
- Planted areas/other devices for treating stormwater runoff and enhancing aesthetics, in the same footprint are; and,.
- The first segment of the future cross-city greenway, eventually providing a greenway connection, along Capital Boulevard, from the Crabtree Creek Greenway into Downtown Raleigh.
That being said, the City may revise this vision for the park based on evaluations, findings, and recommendations of the consultant and input from the public. The greenway trail alignment is anticipated to run parallel to Pigeon House Branch, between Dortch Street and Peace Street. The construction of this trail will be completed in conjunction with a stream restoration/enhancement project to be collaboratively managed with the City’s Stormwater Management Division. Segments of the stream are capped, and daylighting, restoration, and/or enhancement of the stream may be desirable and will be evaluated for possible design and construction. Planning, design and construction of this project is being coordinated with ongoing work being conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to widen Capital Boulevard and replace the Wade Avenue and Peace Street bridge connections to Capital Boulevard.
|Summer 2018||Preliminary Planning of Park, Stream, and Greenway, Conceptual Layout Scenarios, Schematic Design and Cost Estimation|
|Winter 2019||Construction Documentation and Permitting|
The City’s 2014 Parks Bond Referendum includes funding for design and construction of Devereux Meadows Park, including the first segment of the proposed Pigeon HouseBranch Greenway. When complete, the Pigeon House Branch Greenway will connect the Crabtree Creek Greenway to Downtown Raleigh. The project was identified as a priority in two city adopted plans, the Capital Boulevard Corridor Plan and the Downtown Plan.