Residents of southwest Raleigh who have long lobbied for a new neighborhood park may soon get their wish.
City officials presented Thursday a draft master plan for a 2.4-acre park at the corner of Sierra Drive and Lineberry Drive, just outside the Beltline.
The plan for the park includes a playground, a canopy with restrooms, a multipurpose court and a multipurpose lawn.
Neighborhood parks are designed for residents within a mile, with a special focus on those within a half-mile who are likely to walk there.
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Shawna Schnorr, a member of the citizen planning committee for the park plan, said the area has a variety of active community groups but no place to gather for events.
“We don’t have a place to come together,” she said. “It’s going to be really great for those kinds of activities.”
Neighborhood parks are an important way to ensure access for all residents to outdoor facilities, said Matthew Keough, a senior planner with the design and development division of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
“It’s delivering on services and opportunities in an equitable way,” he said.
Early cost estimates for the park range from $927,000 to $1.5 million. Funding would come from a $92 million parks and recreation bond that voters will consider this fall.
The bond includes $1.25 million for the park at Sierra and Lineberry.
Additional features in the park plan include a loop for walking or running, a wildlife meadow, a parking area, adult fitness stations, water features and an educational garden.
The plan includes a breakdown of citizens’ top priorities for the park needed to meet the vision put forth by the planning committee.
The Parks, Recreation & Greenways Advisory Board will consider the plan at its Oct. 23 meeting and then forward its recommendation to the city council. The council is slated to vote on the plan Nov. 18.
If the council approves the plan and voters approve the bond, Keough said the next phase of development would be construction design and permitting, which couldn’t start until the bond money is released in mid-2015.
He said it’s too early to know when the first shovel would hit the ground at the park.
One topic already under consideration is a name for the park.
Jason Hibbets, a member of the citizen planning committee, said a group of residents has two ideas: Sierra/Lineberry in a nod to the park’s location or Rhamkatte, in recognition of what was once a local farming community that dated to the 1840s.
Rhamkatte also could be a good name for an element within the park, Hibbets said.
“We just thought it would be a nice way to tip our hat to history,” he said.