Raleigh holding public meetings on South Park Heritage Walk plan

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

After recently receiving a $3 million federal grant for the South Park Heritage Walk/Chavis-Dix Strollway, the City of Raleigh is holding two public meetings this week at John Chavis Memorial Park Community Center. To register, click on one of the links below:

Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Design and implementation plans for South Park Heritage Walk, will be presented, including:

  • Community design
  • Public spaces
  • Connectivity
  • Signage and way finding

Sessions will include opportunities to provide feedback on route preferences for the Chavis-Dix Strollway route.

Celen Passalar and Kofi Boone at the North Carolina State University, College of Design, led efforts to publish South Park Heritage Walk Project: Educate, Preserve, Memorialize in 2014 and last year council approved a recommendation to reallocate funding for short-term improvements to connect John Chavis Memorial Park and Dorothea Dix Park.

“With an understanding of existing and planned transportation improvements in the area, staff identified Lenoir Street as the primary preferred bike and pedestrian connection, commonly referred to as the Chavis to Dix Strollway,” staff wrote in a report to council.

“Longer term, staff noted that improvements to Western Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard as part of the Bus Rapid Transit project will provide another, more direct, connection between Dix Park and Chavis Park.”

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