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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 the East College Park Development.  This development is a City Council-approved plan to increase the availability of affordable housing in this area. 

The original Fisher Street Park, located at 328 North Fisher Street, was constructed in late 1960’s.  The East College Park development plan requires the relocation of Fisher Street Park to allow for the development of new single-family homes.   Fisher Street Park 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 (approximately 1/4 acre).  The new park location will allow for improved site access and visibility in the neighborhood at the heart of the East College Park development. 

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 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 development 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. Improve connectivity between the new Fisher St. Park and John Stokes Park
  4. Site improvements to 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 Fisher Street Park site will feature a playground and basketball court along with other passive features.  These amenities correspond to 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 and that basketball should remain a core part of the new park site amenities.

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 develop a new park space to play, relax, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors.

More information on the East College Park housing project can be found here.

PROJECT UPDATE

The Fisher Street Park Relocation project has recently completed the schematic design phase.  The schematic designs are based on comments and discussions from the public engagement prior to Covid and concept plans vetted through community input surveys on PublicInput.com during Summer 2020.  Since late 2020, the design consulting team of John A. Edwards (engineering) and JDavis (landscape architecture) has been contracted for the park design process with final design and permitting scheduled into Fall 2021. The current schedule anticipates park construction to begin in late 2021 or early 2022.  The existing Fisher Street Park will remain in place until the new park site is open to the public in 2022.

During the initial public engagement process, the idea of including art into the park design was recommended.  As such, Raleigh Arts, a service unit of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, was brought onto the project to procure an artist exclusively for this project.  Through a series of interviews with the Fisher Park Artist Selection Panel, composed of representatives of the College Park and local arts communities, a finalist was selected.  Jermaine “JP” Powell is a North Carolina based mixed-media artist and muralist.  The artist will work closely with the design team.  As the project progresses, JP will be engaging with the community to develop a vision for future art elements at Fisher Street Park.  

WE SEEK YOUR INPUT AS WE DEVELOP THIS NEXT STAGE OF THE PARK DESIGN AND ARTWORK.

 

Community thoughts regarding the Fisher Street Park and John Stoke Garden schematic plans and public art are important to our park planning efforts.  We invite you to review the schematic design and provide your input.

To take part in our survey, please click "Participate" on the survey link below.

Fisher Street Park Relocation - Schematic Design and Art Survey

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SCHEMATIC DESIGN PLANS   

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PREVIOUS SURVEYS

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 or questions, please contact Gary Claiborne, Capital Projects Manager at gary.claiborne@raleighnc.gov.