Raleigh residents can help plan city's parks

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January 16, 2013 2:00:20 PM PST
The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new long range plan and they want the public's help in deciding what goes into the new facilities.

Right now there is a little something for everyone at Raleigh Parks.

"An affordable opportunity to go out and run, to see the public arts in their parks, to play in a kickball league, to swim in public pools," Raleigh park planner Stephen Bentley said.

Raleigh has more than 10,000 acres of parks and open spaces, with 44 community centers, nine swimming pools, two carousels, and a train. Still, people want more.

"People like the Greenway system and how it's becoming more connected, how the city has more of a focus on nature preserves, and also how it gives them an opportunity for nature leagues for basketball as well as baseball," Bentley said.

In two meetings being held this week, the public will have the chance to tell city park planners exactly what they want in a park.

"What is it the type of facilities you want, the experiences you want. Do you want nature parks, active and passive facilities, how many greenways do you want?" Bentley said.

The meetings will take place Wednesday at the Carolina Pines Community Center on Lake Wheeler Road at 6:30 p.m. A second meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Lynn Community Center on Ray Road.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting can weigh in online at http://www.yourparksyourfuture.com/.

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