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The project logo Fisher Street Park - Park Relocation Project

Fisher Street Park - Park Relocation Project

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, working in collaboration with the Housing & Neighborhoods Department, is in the design phase for the new location of Fisher Street Park in the College Park neighborhood!

College Park is an established community east of downtown, immediately south of Saint Augustine University. The City of Raleigh, through the Housing & Neighborhoods Department, is facilitating the development of approximately 150 single-family homes and townhomes in East College Park Development.  This development is a City Council-approved plan to increase the availability of affordable housing in this area. 

The East College Park development plan requires the relocation of Fisher Street Park. The current park site will be reconfigured to accommodate the construction two new single-family homes, while the park amenities will be relocated to a new site on the same block, approximately 400 feet to the south of its current location.  The new park site, at the corner of Pender Street and North Fisher Street, is of equal size to the existing park site (approx 1/4 acre). 

The new park location will be adjacent to other community spaces at the core of the East College Park neighborhood, including a community mailbox kiosk and the John Stokes Memorial Garden, a City of Raleigh park at the corner of Pender and Carver Streets.

Project Background

In 2015, the City embarked on a process to obtain the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The process involved multiple forms of public participation and citizen input.  In 2016, numerous members of the community and staff walked through the College Park Neighborhood to discuss and make note of the neighborhood vision.  One of the major points of discussion was the Fisher Street Park.

It was recommended by the community that the park be moved.  From the feedback received, the City Council adopted the East College Park Plan.  The plan called for converting the existing Fisher Street Park, at 328 North Fisher Street, into two single-family lots and placing a new park in a more central location to the neighborhood.  The new park would remain on Fisher Street; however, it would move to the southern portion of the block.

Project Scope

The Fisher Street Park Relocation Project is a partnership initiative between the City of Raleigh Housing & Neighborhoods Department and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.  Funding for this project is provided through a Community Development Block Grant coordinated by the Housing & Neighborhoods Department.  The project will include:

  1. Design and construction of the new park.
  2. Demolition of the existing Fisher St. park.
  3. Connectivity / upgrades to the John Stokes (Garden) Park 

Through the planning process, involving face-to-face meetings (pre-Covid) and community surveys via PublicInput.com, it was determined that amenities for the new park site will feature a playground and basketball court along with other passive features, matching the programming at the existing park site.  Community members stressed that Fisher Street Park and the basketball court have been important parts of the College Park neighborhood since 1969. 

Based on the input received, we are using the themes of “Play” and “Neighborhood” to define the vision of Fisher Street Park.  “Play” includes the active areas of basketball and playground, and “Neighborhood” celebrates the College Park neighborhood through historic interpretation and art.  

The relocation of Fisher Street Park provides an opportunity to engage with both new and long-time residents of the College Park neighborhood.  The community engagement process focuses on providing opportunities for the community to come together around the development of a new park space to play, relax, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Project Update

The Fisher Street Park Relocation project is currently in the schematic design phase.  The design consulting team of John A. Edwards (engineering) and JDavis (landscape architecture) has been engaged for the park design process, scheduled for late Fall 2020 through Summer 2021.  

The initial concept site plans, developed by Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources, and the results of the the Community Input Survey and Concept Plan surveys (below) will be used as the foundation for advancing the park design.   Community thoughts regarding the plans for Fisher Street Park are very important to our effort to ensure that the long-range vision for the park meets the needs of the community.  

The current schedule anticipates park construction to begin in late Fall 2021.  The existing Fisher Street Park will remain in place until the new park site is open to the public in 2022.

Please stay tuned for future project design surveys and input opportunities.  

CURRENT PARK CONCEPT PLANS

Based on community input at the beginning of the project, the main programming for the new Fisher Street Park site will be a basketball court and playground area.  As these concept plans were reviewed, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department understands the community need for the additional passive areas within the park design.  In addition, we are looking for ways to include art and interpretive features.  

The various design components (playground equipment, shade structures, and art/interpretive displays) are shown as examples only.  During the design phase, there will be opportunities for additional public input on the type, design, and final locations of these elements.

PLEASE CLICK PLAN IMAGES FOR CLOSE-UPS


 

Fisher Street Park Community Input Survey

The Fisher Street Park Community Input Survey is closed.  Please select "View Results" below for survey responses.   The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources...

Fisher Street Park Relocation - Concept Plans

The Fisher Street Park Concept Plans Survey is closed.  Please select "View Results" below for survey responses.     The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural...

For more information, please contact Gary Claiborne, Capital Projects Manager at gary.claiborne@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2677.