$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.
Stormwater Management Division, Alta Planning + Design