Raleigh invites comments on planned Devereux Meadow Park at north entrance to downtown
The proposed Devereux Meadow Park project sits on the site of what was once the Devereux Meadow baseball stadium at the intersection of Peace Street and Capital Boulevard.
The conceptual design of the park moves the existing creek, Pigeon House Branch, which runs along the western edge of the property, to the very center of the park while incorporating plazas, public art and interpretive elements that would tell the story of the history of the site and the district. .
For now, it’s not much to look at. The 14 acres of surface parking and @RaleighGov maintenance facilities along Capital Blvd. and Peace St., just north of downtown, could one day be Devereux Meadow Park with a centrally located creek, boardwalks, greenway and plazas. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/CcB8dV9CyF
— Andrea Blanford (@AndreaABC11) February 14, 2022
“Another part of this project is that it would be the first phase of a greenway connection from the Crabtree Creek Trail to downtown and eventually to Dix Park,” said Gary Claiborne, director Raleigh capital projects. “That would be the first link in this Greenway connection.”
Claiborne said the project could cost more than $18 million and funding, which would cover design, permits and construction, could come from a future parks bond if the city council decides to include it on the ballot and that voters approve it next fall.
Until March 9, the public can give their opinion on the proposal.
“I can imagine how vibrant it was when the ballpark was there, so it would be just cool to bring something like that back again,” said Jason Howard, one of the Cardinal’s owners on West. Street.
Howard and other local business owners invested on West Street years ago in hopes that one day their properties would overlook adjacent green space.
“This corridor has always had a soft spot for me,” said Michael Iovino, owner of August Construction Solutions. “Everyone is waiting for this park to come to fruition.”
Howard and Iovino hope that plans to include the multi-use greenway inside the future park would prevent the City from moving forward with plans to install a bike path on West Street, which, according to them, would limit on-street parking and create a barrier for potential customers. to access their businesses.
If the project were to go ahead without delay, Claiborne said it would take at least five years and the remediation of soil and groundwater contamination before the 14-acre paved lot could become the inviting public park .
Howard and Iovino are ready to wait.
“We wanted to be part of the growth of a street that’s kind of been overlooked and neglected for the longest time,” Howard said.
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