The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is developing plans for a new park north of downtown Raleigh. The project is at the concept design ("big picture") phase and is known as the Devereux Meadow Park project.
The project site is a City of Raleigh-owned property currently used as a city maintenance facility. The City of Raleigh plans to convert this property into a natural and passive urban park. The current concept plan for this park includes pathways, plazas, natural spaces, extensive native landscapes, and improvements to the Pigeon House Branch stream, and constructed wetlands. For additional information, please see the project webpage.
The name “Devereux” can be traced back to John Devereux, Jr., the owner of several North Carolina plantations during the 1800's. The City of Raleigh is aware of the issues and public concerns associated with the Devereux name, and the Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB) has recommended the Devereux Meadow Park Project be renamed.
At the July 2022 PRGAB meeting, the board recommended the following three new names for the future park:
- Gateway Park
- Smoky Hollow Park
- Robinson-Greenberg Park
PRCR now invites the public to express their preferences regarding the new naming options. From Aug. 19 to Sept. 9, a survey is available for public input on the proposed new names.