The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is design phase for a proposed new urban park north of downtown Raleigh. The project site, known informally for many years as "Devereux Meadow", is a 14-acre City of Raleigh-owned property currently used as a city maintenance yard and vehicle fleet facility. The City of Raleigh intends to convert this property into a natural and passive urban park. The approved concept plan for this park includes environmental site remediation, pathways, plazas, natural spaces, extensive native landscaping, improvements to the Pigeon House Branch stream channel and floodplain, and constructed wetlands.
Throughout the Concept Design phase (2021 - 2022), the project was known as “Devereux Meadow Park.” In November 2022, Raleigh City Council voted to approve renaming the future park to “Smoky Hollow Park.”
During the November 8, 2022 general election, the 2022 Raleigh Parks Bond measure was approved by Raleigh voters. The 2022 Parks Bond, along with the original project funds from the 2014 Raleigh Parks Bond and other city funding opportunities, provides the capital for project design, permitting, site remediation, and construction.
On November 15, 2022, Raleigh City Council formally approved and adopted the Devereux Meadow Park Concept Plan. At this same meeting, Council also formally approved the name change to Smoky Hollow Park.
Planning for the future park began in 2017 with PRCR initiating an analysis of site environmental characteristics, issues, and limitations. In 2021, using feedback from multiple stakeholders and engagement with the public, three concept alternatives were developed. In 2022, additional rounds of public engagement along with an improved understanding of site constraints resulted in the development of a final concept plan.
The concept plan proposes converting the entire site into a passive, urban park space offering passive recreation experiences including walking paths, gathering spaces, and naturalized areas. The plan is centered around the restoration of Pigeon House Branch, which includes a new natural alignment of previously culverted portions of the stream in the southern area of the site.
Key features of the concept plan include:
- Complete removal of existing buildings and pavement
- Site remediation to address contaminated groundwater and soil
- Restoration of Pigeon House Branch
- Daylighting of the culverted sections of the stream
- Relocating a portion of the stream into a natural alignment
- Development of a natural and passive park
- Pathways and plaza areas
- Flexible gathering spaces in open lawns or wooded areas
- Various landscape areas including mowed lawns, meadows, ornamental beds, riparian and wooded areas, landscaped buffers, and preservation of an existing oak tree line
- Graded landforms
- Stormwater management practices to address on-site and off-site stormwater runoff
See the Resources section at the bottom of this page to download the Concept Plan Report
Please see below for links to previous video presentations and public survey results.
Draft Concept Plan Survey (closed for comments on March 9, 2022)
$13,500,000 (2014 and 2022 Parks Bonds funding)
- Project Lead:
Gary Claiborne, Capital Projects Manager
Tetra Tech Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Consulting), Design Workshop (Landscape Architecture), and Ecosystems Planning and Restoration (Stream and Wetland Restoration Consultants)