Archive for Parks & Green Space
The City Parks & Recreation Department is in the middle of a 16-month process of updating the entire parks and recreation system. Everything from recreation services, hours of park operations, maintenance, greenway connectors, land acquisition, types of parks, etc..
The next step in the process are the visioning workshops that run from May 13th – May 17th, comprised of 15 sessions covering a range of Parks and Recreation themes. The full schedule of events and session descriptions are available in this document.
Kick off event
- When: Monday, May 13th, 6:00-8:00pm
- Where: Raleigh Convention Center
- When: Friday, May 17th, 3:30-6:30 pm
- Where: Raleigh Convention Center
Visit the City of Raleigh website for detailed information on the Parks & Recreation System Plan and how you can get involved.…[ Read More → ]
In collaboration with the City of Raleigh’s Urban Design Center, Landscape Architecture and Architecture students from the College of Design at North Carolina State University will present their conceptual designs and ideas to revitalize Peace Street from Glenwood Avenue to Person Street.
What: Preview the Designing for Peace Exhibit – Peace Street Corridor
When: May 3rd from 6:00-9:00pm
Where: City Museum located at 220 Fayetteville Street #100 Raleigh
The corridor project will include designs for a new bridge at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Peace Street, a transit stop (for future light-rail), a 15-acre park along Pigeon House Branch, bus shelters, public art and street renovations.…[ Read More → ]
The “spine” of the Raleigh greenway nears completion, paving the way for extensions of existing greenways.
If you’re an avid greenway user like me, you’ve probably become accustomed to the abrupt endings of the eastern sections of the Crabtree Creek and Walnut Creek Trails. Good news! Our patience is soon to be rewarded. Just last week at their December 4th meeting, the Raleigh City Council approved construction contracts for new greenway projects that will complete an 18 mile continuous section of the Neuse River Trail, and allowing for connections to the Neuse River Trail from the Walnut Creek and Crabtree Creek Trails.
The Neuse River Trail is considered by greenway planners to be the “spine” of the Capital Area Greenway system. And having the “spine” in place makes the long awaited extensions of the existing greenways possible. Eventually the Neuse River Trail will be 28 miles long when the final southern extension to the Johnston County Line is completed.
The Downtown Living Advocates support making the 306 acres of the former Dorothea Dix campus into a destination park.
Quote from DLA member Leo Suarez.
A park at Dix would be a huge shot in the arm for urban fans in Raleigh as resulting development around the park, therefore adjacent to downtown, would be denser. This results in more walkable, bikable neighborhoods and more Raleighites thinking more on their feet than within their car.
Downtown Raleigh has little open space today as the historical design that included 5 green spaces has dwindled to just two small parks.…[ Read More → ]
The House Creek grand opening was a few weeks ago and the DLA is organizing a bike tour of the new greenway.
When: Sunday, October 14 (starting at 10:30am)
Where: Meredith College
Meet at the entrance to the Reedy Creek Greenway, corner of Hillsborough and Faircloth Street – Map it.
Our last bike tour was organized around the opening of the Little Rock Greenway, so we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to do it again!
While only three miles long, the House Creek Trail provides a major linkage of two greenway systems, creating a continuous greenway that extends a total of 36 miles. This map shows the location of the House Creek Trail Greenway and the connections to the other two existing greenways.…[ Read More → ]
The Walnut Creek Greenway offers so many beautiful spots along the water and through the woods, yet is unknown to much of Raleigh. Living Downtown, we’re only five to ten minutes away. So, the Festival was created to get folks out moving and discovering the natural treasures that are free to us all.
When: Saturday, September 29, 8am-4pm.
Where: Activities will be at four parks along the way.
- Walnut Creek Wetland Center
- Eliza Pool Park
- Lake Johnson Park
- Ralph Campbell Center
We see the Festival growing in years to come to stretch all the way from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. New this year, the Urban Wetland 5K and Kids 100-Yard Dash will introduce the Greenway to a whole new group of fun-seekers.…[ Read More → ]
Kickball. Yes, kickball! That tantalizing grade school game with the red rubber ball. If you think it was fun then, it’s even better as an adult! Join WAKA today and rediscover your inner child on the kickball field.
Kickball is the ultimate social sport and a great way for individuals to meet new people and companies to team build. Individuals and groups of up to 25 can register for the Fall Season now at www.kickball.com/ncstorm.
Games are played on Tuesday nights at Oakwood Park at 6:45pm or 7:45pm starting September 25.
The Tuesday night (NC Storm) league is the perfect match for new or inexperienced players to stretch their kickball muscles, and veteran players to compete in a relaxed and socially oriented league. NC Storm is all about having a good time.…[ Read More → ]
Being an avid runner and biker, I’ve continued to watch the development of the House Creek Greenway over the last months. This has sometimes involved climbing down steep ravines or getting into tall weeds to avoid muddy tracks, but I’ve been counting the weeks until this critical connection would be finished. House Creek Trail will provide a major linkage of two greenway systems, allowing users like me to traverse across the city on either the Walnut Creek system (15.2 miles) or the Crabtree Creek system (17.9 miles). While only 3 miles long, this trail provides an important connection between both greenway systems, creating a continuous greenway that extends a combined total of 36 miles. It also provides residents in north Raleigh a much needed bicycle and pedestrian route into Umstead Park.…[ Read More → ]
This is a guest post provided by Sandra Simpson at Greetings from Green NC, a new site about sustainable practices and food around the triangle. I challenged Sandra to come up with a list of things to do for Earth Day and here is her list.
Downtown Raleigh NC rocks, and when it comes to observing Earth Day, there are many choices to be enjoyed-not just on April 22nd, but all month long. Here are my top ten picks for saying, “thanks Mother Earth.”[ Read More → ]
The opening statement of the Capital Blvd Corridor Study Report describes it as “the most travelled and least-loved gateway into Downtown Raleigh.” Now is the time to consider options that will make this road system into an entranceway that invites a more pleasant, pedestrian and commuter friendly gateway into Downtown.
The city has just issued its updated vision and recommendations for the corridor, and opened a one month public comment period.
It’s a 65 page report, so I’ve identified some of the key items likely to be of most interest for residents who live, work or play in the northern end of Downtown Raleigh, in and around the Peace Street Corridor.…[ Read More → ]