A 21-acre tract of land in North Raleigh that some residents thought was abandoned city property will likely become a usable park.
The Raleigh City Council recently reviewed early assessments of what is set to become Wooten Meadow Park at 2801 W. Millbrook Road. A 20-member citizen planning committee is set, and further planning will begin next year.
The site is mostly undeveloped, and some residents use the area to walk or run, according to an assessment from a consulting group.
A survey of residents in nearby apartments and houses showed that some people thought the park was unusable or abandoned.
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Some residents, and Raleigh City Councilman Bonner Gaylord, said access to the park is an issue. Its main entrance is on West Millbrook Road, and survey results suggested heavy traffic sometimes dissuades people from visiting.
City leaders are trying to stay open-minded about what a future park will look like, but the location may limit building on the land, said Matthew Keough, a project manager in the parks, recreation and cultural resources department.
The park site is next to Hare Snipe Creek, making most of the land too soft for buildings. But Keough said it likely wouldn’t have an effect on park structures, like a playground.
An early assessment lists some characteristics that would make the park more attractive for residents.
Survey results suggested playgrounds, walking and running trails and park benches were priorities for park-goers. There’s also space at the park for greenway connections between the Hare Snipe Creek and Crabtree Creek trails.
Residents who have contacted the city about the park in recent years have also expressed interest in developing fields, Keough said. The park used to be a site for the Capital Area Soccer League.
The projects that end up in the master plan may be funded by the recently aproved $92 million parks bond, which is meant to focus more on renovating existing parks rather than creating new ones.
It’s unclear how much the city will spend on Wooten Meadow Park. A completed master plan is expected by the end of 2015.