Pender Street Park is a small park in the College Park neighborhood of East Raleigh. This park is known by many in the neighborhood as “John Stokes Garden.”
Beloved community member John Stokes lived in a house across the street from this location. For many years, this was an unmaintained lot, overgrown with weeds. John Stokes worked hand in hand with residents of the College Park community to clear the land, remove trash, and transform it into a garden. This was a true labor of love for Mr. Stokes, and neighbors remember him spending countless hours gardening and planting. Mr. Stokes also led the effort to officially dedicate this site as a City of Raleigh park in the early 1980’s.
Please note the park is closed for improvements from January 2022 to Summer 2022.
The renovated Pender Street Park will feature a short walkway, seatwalls, a small picnic area, and new landscaping. Construction at this park is part of the Fisher Street Park project and the East College Park development.