The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department intends to design and implement a greenway trail and the restoration of Pigeon House Branch on two parcels of City-owned property. The Devereux Meadows project site covers approximately 14 acres, consisting of all the area between Capital Boulevard to the east, West Street to the west, Dortch Street to the north, and Peace Street to the south, with the exception of the parcels containing existing commercial and/or industrial buildings between West Street and Pigeon House Branch.
The majority of this area is located in a floodplain, making it susceptible to frequent flooding. It contains several buildings, paved areas, and other infrastructure, both above and below ground. The land may also contain areas of surface and/or subsurface environmental contamination that may warrant active remediation or containment, will influence the design of park features and stream restoration and impact the cost of implementing this project. Given the location of the site in a floodplain, the site is not conducive to active park facilities and buildings. For this reason, the City envisions the site to have the following:
- Largely open grass fields;
- Repurposed pavements where desirable;
- Environmental and/or historical experience and interpretation;
- Planted areas/other devices for treating stormwater runoff and enhancing aesthetics, in the same footprint are; and,
- The first segment of the future cross-city greenway, eventually providing a greenway connection, along Capital Boulevard, from the Crabtree Creek Greenway into Downtown Raleigh.
That being said, the City may revise this vision for the site based on evaluations, findings, and recommendations of the consultant and input from the public. The greenway trail alignment is anticipated to run parallel to Pigeon House Branch, between Dortch Street, and Peace Street. The construction of this trail will be completed in conjunction with a stream restoration/enhancement project to be collaboratively managed with the City’s Stormwater Management Division. Segments of the stream are capped, and daylighting, restoration, and/or enhancement of the stream may be desirable and will be evaluated for possible design and construction. Planning, design, and construction of this project is being coordinated with ongoing work being conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to widen Capital Boulevard and replace the Wade Avenue and Peace Street bridge connections to Capital Boulevard.
Greenways and Trails
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