Walnut Creek Wetland

Parks and Recreation

Walnut Creek Wetland Park Improvements

Creating Sustainable Access

$1 million was allocated through the 2014 Parks Bond Referendum to complete a park master plan and park improvements for Walnut Creek Wetland Park. Subsequently, the City engaged the community to formulate a master plan for the Park concluding with the City Council adopting the Walnut Creek Wetland park master plan in 2018. The plan prioritized increased community access and visibility from Rochester Heights to the Wetland Park and access to the wetland itself to increase educational opportunities. Based on these priorities and the funding available, design was completed for a new trail and boardwalk from the Norman and Betty Camp Education Center to an accessible teaching platform at the wetland's edge. Additionally, after hearing from the community, the City added a pedestrian connection from the southern park parcel to the northern park parcel to the project through additional funding from the Neighborhood and Community Connections program. This piece of the project will connect the Rochester Heights community to the Education Center.

A public-private partnership led by The Conservation Fund and the City of Raleigh, in coordination with the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, Partners for Environmental Justice, and the Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership is also underway at the Park. View the Bailey Drive Gateway Project webpage for information.

View the Walnut Creek Wetland Park webpage for information about upcoming programs.

Project Details

Stormwater Management Division, Alta Planning + Design



Conrad Merced

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources




This phase is complete.




Raleigh City Council awarded the Walnut Creek Improvements construction contract to Span Builders, LLC, on Oct. 19, 2021.



The park project area consists of a 41.75-acre parcel of land which contains the Walnut Creek Wetland Park in addition to roughly 6.68 acres directly south of this parcel. This land was acquired between 2000 and 2001 for the purpose of wetland conservation and public greenway.

The Walnut Creek Wetland Park was funded by the 2003 Parks and Greenway Bonds and was completed in 2009.



Date Activity
Fall 2018 - Fall 2020 Design
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Permitting
Summer 2021 - Fall 2022 Bidding, Bid Award, and Construction

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