Posts Tagged ‘park’

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


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


Getting money for Tryon Road and our neighborhood park

Friday, June 4th, 2010

At Tuesday night’s budget hearing (6/1/2010), it was standing-room only as many different groups were on hand to get in their budget requests to City Council. Support for the arts was strong and kicked things off. Then the jockeying began at the podium.

I would first like to thank all the folks who attended to show their support. We had a good number of people from South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) attend and stand during the request to show city council that we really need some attention in South West Raleigh. We can only make things happen in our neighborhoods if we take the initiative to make them happen.

I was very pleased to present the budget requests for the SWCAC and excited that we had so much support from our neighborhoods. SWCAC had a total of eight items that we asked for, two of which stood out and got some heads nodding on city council: (more…)

Can we get Kaboom! to help fund our park?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

At next weeks budget hearing (June 1st, 7:00 PM, City Council chambers), I’ll be asking the City of Raleigh set aside parks and recreation money to help fund the master plan for the future park at Sierra Drive and Lineberry Drive. This is part of a larger list of budget items that we’ve gathered as part of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC).

The budget will be tight, but it’s important that we keep asking. As I was reviewing the weekly E-newsletter from the city, I saw an article about the Kaboom! organization helping to fund playground equipment replacement at Southgate Park (see press release below). I then thought to myself, could the Lineberry Alliance apply for a grant for our future park? (more…)

SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Community money

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At the May 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), one of our main topics was budget. The context is things we need money for in our neighborhoods. One thing we’ve learned in SWCAC is that if you don’t ask the City Council for it, you’ll never get it.

The most recent example is the neighborhood park we’re trying to establish at the corner of Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. (more…)

Community Gardens Anyone?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

There may be a great opportunity to build a community garden at the future park on Lineberry & Sierra Drive. If someone in the community has interests, it would be great for you to attend the event mentioned below and report back to the neighborhood on if a community garden is a viable option for the park.

This City of Raleigh announces Advocates for Health in Action’s Community Garden Summit on April 17th.

For more information, (more…)