In 2012, the City purchased 24.97 acres north of the intersection of US Highway 401 and Interstate 540 from the Developer of 5401 North as a potential neighborhood park site. Raleigh citizens approved the 2014 bond referendum for parks, which allocated $2 million dollars for park master plan development and phase one construction of the River Bend Park site. The park master plan process began in 2015 with the completion of a System Integration Plan and a Situation Assessment. In October, City Council approved a Citizen Planning Committee to develop and recommend a community-supported plan.
In addition to the Citizen Planning Committee meetings, the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department planned a series of public meetings to solicit input on the River Bend Park Master Plan with each meeting focusing on a different phase of the project. The first public workshop was held on December 8, 2015 and concentrated on identifying a park vision and potential programming. The second public workshop was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 and reviewed alternative park plan concepts.
CLH Design, P.A. (Landscape Architect), TCC Enterprises, Inc. (General Contractor)