PARKS AND GREENSPACE Downtown Raleigh has a strong system of parks and greenspace, which is being enhanced with renovations and new parks in the near future. The downtown area’s park space includes historic squares, an expansive mall, recreation fields, and a greenway with a new destination park on the way.
of new parkland being added in the downtown area with Dix Park and Devereux Meadows1
of existing public park space within one mile of downtown1
within one mile of downtown1
of greenway and 58 miles of bike lanes in Raleigh1
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Note: Methodology used municipal GIS data in each city to measure acres of greenspace within two miles of the center of each respective downtown.
The future of downtown’s greenspace is bright with projects already underway and more planned in the Downtown 2025 Experience plan: •D ix Park: The City of Raleigh purchased 308 acres of the former Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital campus from the State of North Carolina. The campus, located on the southern end of downtown, will provide the city and downtown with a destination park and sweeping views of downtown’s skyline. World-renowned design consultant Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates is overseeing the multi-year master planning process now underway.
•D evereux Meadows: A future 14-acre park, planned for a flood basin on the northern end of downtown, will provide much-needed greenspace near the growing Glenwood South district. •M oore Square renovation: A $12.6 million renovation of one of Raleigh’s original, historic squares will provide a worldclass public space for downtown. Construction began in 2017 and is expected to finish in 2019.
•C havis Park renovation: Located just east of downtown, this 28-acre park, featuring a carousel, swimming pool, nature trail, and athletic field, will receive a $12.5 million renovation. ¹City of Raleigh
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