View of Moore Square lawn and sidewalks


Moore Square Improvements

Raleigh Parks

Moore Square was originally conceived in 1792 when it was designated as one of four public spaces in Raleigh. Today, Moore Square is a historic, signature destination.

Project Details

Strategic Planning, Communications and Analytics , Sasaki Associates



Stephen Bentley

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources




In May 2011, the Raleigh City Council approved the Moore Square Master Plan as presented. This concept design honors the Square’s historic heritage while establishing a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century urban space. 

Download the Moore Square Master Plan


The Moore Square Comprehensive Tree and Soil Strategy provides confirmation of design appropriateness of the Master Plan, analysis of soil samples, a long term succession strategy, and recommendations for design refinements to be explored during Schematic Design.

From April 28 to May 1, 2015, Sasaki Associates spent four active and engaging days leading over thirty meetings with staff, stakeholders, citizens, nonprofits, business owners as well as the Mayor and City Council to discuss the implementation of the Moore Square Master Plan. Support and enthusiasm for the project moving forward were overwhelming. Stakeholders expressed the desire to move the project forward beyond the ongoing planning dialogue to design and construction. Sasaki used this successful week of engagement to develop the Implementation Priorities Report. The Report was used to inform schematic design, reflecting the most current desired experiences of park visitors.

Schematic Design was approved by the Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board on November 12, 2015, and City Council on December 1, 2015.


This phase is complete.


Moore Square is open!


An in-depth study on the History of Moore Square was created for the Raleigh Historic Districts Commission, Inc. in 2009, titled "Common Beauty". The document includes the History of the Physical Form and uses of Moore Square.


Date Activity
2009 Competition Phase
2010-2011 Master Plan
2012-2013 Comprehensive Tree Strategy
July-August 2015 Priorities Report Presentation to the Moore Square Public Leadership Group, Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board and City Council
November-December 2015 Approval of Schematic Design by the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council
2016 Construction Documents and Permitting
Fall 2017-Summer 2019 Park Construction
August 2019 Grand Opening

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