Archive for the ‘Parks & Rec’ Category

SWCAC Looking to 2011

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The SouthWest Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) starting looking forward to 2011, eyeing goals for the new year, at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010. This month, we hosted our friends from the West CAC to discuss items of interest to both groups. The agenda included the usual parks report and Raleigh Police Department (RPD) call log with joint CAC items for boundary discussions and rezoning case Z-1-11.

Toward the end of the meeting, SWCAC attendees discussed goals for 2011 that included an awareness campaign to target neighborhoods currently not active in the CAC and getting more businesses involved with the CAC. More details on this a little later. About 25 residents from both the West CAC and SWCAC gathered to discuss the topics. (more…)

Carolina Pines Halloween Carnival on October 25

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Get the costumes ready and get in the Halloween spirit with the Carolina Pines Halloween carnival on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

The carnival is for ages (more…)

Lake Johnson Master Plan to be Amended

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We previously posted about potential improvements to Athens Drive stadium and the Jaguar booster club gathering support from the public for those improvements to get on the right path. It’s no coincidence that a proposed multi-purpose facility at Lake Johnson Park is slotted for 2012 and the (some say overdue) need for stadium improvements are being brought to the forefront. The addition to Lake Johnson Park and the proposed stadium improvements seem like a win-win to me. In order for all these changes to happen, the park master plan needs to be updated.

I was excited to see the news below about the City of Raleigh approving the Lake Johnson contract to Szostak Design. You may recognize Szostak Design because of the proposed (more…)

The New Design for Carolina Pines Community Center

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Carolina Pines Community Center Proposed Renovation Design

Carolina Pines design plans

Carolina Pines design plans

About 15 citizens met on August 10, 2010 at Carolina Pines Community Center to see the unveiling of the proposed renovations and additions to the community center facilities to start construction in early 2011. Lynn Sullivan, Project Manager from Raleigh Parks & Rec, introduced the project team from New City Design and provided a brief overview of the project and budget.

The project scope and priorities include adding (more…)

Exploring Walnut Creek Greenway

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Over the past few weekends, when the weather was a little less hot and humid, I started to explore the Walnut Creek Greenway which runs East-West between I-40 and Tryon Road. There is a new trailhead that now connects to Lake Wheeler Road across from the Farmer’s Market. I was on the trail this past weekend before it got too terribly hot. The Walnut Creek Greenway is a hidden gem for those that haven’t found it yet.

Start your exploration near the Farmer's Market

Start your exploration near the Farmer's Market


Win Big By Donating to NeighborWoods

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The NeighborWoods Street Tree Program has been plugging away since 2003 and this year we’re celebrating the delivery of our 10,000th tree!  You can have the honor of making THE donation that purchases the 10,000th tree.  Any citizen who makes a donation of $25 or more between now and October 1st will be entered into a drawing.  One lucky winner will be eligible to participate in the tree planting with Mayor Meeker at Nash Square, dedicate a plaque with their name, receive an REI gift card and bike tune- up, enjoy a Whole Foods gift card, and win a gift certificate to the Busy Bee Cafe!

To enter to win please send your donation of $25 or more to (more…)

What’s happening at Lake Johnson?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Have you been over to Lake Johnson lately and wondered what’s going on? Why is the parking lot on Lake Dam Road closed and what’s up with some of the trail being blocked off? See the announcement below from the City of Raleigh for details and timelines.


Lake Johnson Dam will be raised one to two feet to increase the facility’s capacity to handle severe rain events. The work is part of the City of Raleigh’s improvements to the dam. Work has begun on the dam rehabilitation project, with completion set for next spring.

In June 2006, rains from Tropical Storm Alberto damaged the spillway structure of Lake Johnson Dam. (more…)

Historic Yates Mill County Park

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The Southwest CAC is home to two related historic and natural resources that are unique in the city of Raleigh.  Yates Mill, which definitely dates from around 1810 to 1820, but is thought to have structural elements dating to the mid-1750s, is located on Steep Hill Creek at the intersection of Lake Wheeler and Penny roads.  The mill and its adjacent millpond and stone dam are designated Raleigh Historic Landmarks and are also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Of the known 18th-century grist mills in the Raleigh area, only Yates Mill survives.

Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates Mill


RPD Releases Report Concerning Response to Gang Activity

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Information provided by Raleigh Police Department (RPD)

On June 14, Major R.W. Grayson of the RPD announced the release of “The Raleigh Police Department’s Response to Gang Activity: 2009 Public Report,” which describes the RPD’s broad and proactive approach toward gang prevention, intervention, and suppression. Highlights of the report include:

  • A general overview of gangs in Raleigh, including demographics and criminal activity
  • A description of the RPD units involved in the department’s response to gang-related crime
  • A listing of the RPD’s programs and partnerships related to gang prevention, intervention, and suppression
  • A forecast of what can be expected in the arena of gang activity on the local and national level


SWCAC Recap June 2010

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

There were about 20 folks who attended the monthly South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting on June 14, 2010. We had a variety of topics and speakers attend the meeting to provide updates. Before we adjourned, we decided that we would trade our July meeting for a community meal. We will grill some hamburgers and hot dogs at the pavilion at Carolina Pines and ask that folks attending bring a side dish. More information to come in the July newsletter.

Officer Upchurch provided updates from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD). Top items included 63 animals calls and several residential break-ins. Officer Upchurch reminded us to lock the doors and windows to your home. (more…)