A dog park, walking trails, scenic overlooks and open recreational fields are all part of early plans for Wooten Meadow Park.
Earlier this year, Raleigh began gathering public input on the future of the often-forgotten park at Millbrook and Leesville roads. Now city staff have come up with three options to develop the site into something residents will use.
Under one proposal, the park would stay natural, with walking trails and play areas.
Another option includes a dog park, community garden, athletic fields and other play areas.
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The final option divides the park into four areas: one for walking with an overlook of constructed wetlands; one for playgrounds; one for picnic shelters and forest paths that lead to a nature play station; and an area featuring Historic Dam Overlook.
“We want as many people to enjoy the space as possible,” said Jennifer Hoverstad, who serves on the Wooten Meadow Citizens Planning Committee. The group has studied options and helped form plans for the park.
Although each plan is different, the committee wants to keep the park somewhat natural, said project manager Matthew Keough.
“They weren’t looking for a lot of development or heavy activity,” he said.
In the past, Wooten Meadow Park was a popular spot for local soccer leagues. Nearby residents complained about loud and disruptive pick-up games and eventually the games moved to other areas.
The committee avoided identifying specific sports the athletic fields would be ideal for, Keough said. Instead, early plans call for general recreational fields that can be used for small games.
Raleigh is collecting feedback about the project in an online forum. Already, residents have expressed excitement about the possibility of having a nearby dog park and walking trails that connect to the larger greenway system.
Hoverstad said she’s just happy people will use the park again.
“I’m really excited for people to walk (in the park) and see a quiet, calming space exists in the heart of Raleigh,” she said.
A community meeting on the project is set for Aug. 31. The committee will gather more feedback before creating a final plan, which could include parts of all three proposals, Keough said.
City council will give final approval to the plan. That process will likely begin in the fall.
Share your vision
Residents can weigh in on the future of Wooten Meadow Park online at www.yourparksyourfuture.com. A community meeting on the project is planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road.