Fisher Street Park - Park Relocation Project
Fisher Street Park - Park Relocation Project
The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, working in collaboration with the Housing & Neighborhoods Department, is in the design phase for the new location of Fisher Street Park in the College Park neighborhood!
College Park is an established community east of downtown, immediately south of Saint Augustine University. The City of Raleigh, through the Housing & Neighborhoods Department, is facilitating the development of approximately 150 single-family homes and townhomes in the East College Park Development. This development is a City Council-approved plan to increase the availability of affordable housing in this area.
The original Fisher Street Park, located at 328 North Fisher Street, was constructed in the late 1960s. The East College Park development plan requires the relocation of Fisher Street Park to allow for the development of new single-family homes. Fisher Street Park will be relocated to a new site on the same block, approximately 400 feet to the south of its current location. The new park site, at the corner of Pender Street and North Fisher Street, is of equal size to the existing park site and will allow for improved site access and visibility at the heart of the College Park neighborhood.
The new park location will be adjacent to other community spaces at the core of the East College Park neighborhood, including a community mailbox kiosk and the John Stokes Memorial Garden, a City of Raleigh park at the corner of Pender and Carver Streets.
In 2015, the City embarked on a process to obtain the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The process involved multiple forms of public participation and citizen input. In 2016, numerous members of the community and staff walked through the College Park Neighborhood to discuss and make note of the neighborhood vision. One of the major points of discussion was Fisher Street Park.
It was recommended by the community that the park be moved. From the feedback received, the City Council adopted the East College Park development plan. The plan called for converting the existing Fisher Street Park, at 328 North Fisher Street, into two single-family lots and placing a new park more centrally in the College Park neighborhood.
The Fisher Street Park Relocation Project is a partnership initiative between the City of Raleigh Housing & Neighborhoods Department and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. Funding for this project is provided through a Community Development Block Grant coordinated by the Housing & Neighborhoods Department. The project will include:
- Design and construction of the new Fisher Street Park.
- Demolition of the existing Fisher Street Park site.
- Site improvements to the existing John Stokes Memorial Garden Park
Through the planning process, involving face-to-face meetings (pre-Covid) and community surveys via PublicInput.com, it was determined that amenities for the new Fisher Street Park site will feature a playground and basketball court along with other passive features. These amenities correspond to the programming at the existing park site. Community members stressed that Fisher Street Park and the basketball court have been important parts of the College Park neighborhood since 1969 and that basketball should remain a core part of the new park site amenities.
More information on the East College Park project can be found here.
Based on community review and comments during the initial schematic design phase, the Fisher Street Park Relocation project is now in the design development phase. Final design and permitting are scheduled to go into Fall 2021. The current schedule anticipates park construction to begin in late 2021 or early 2022. The existing Fisher Street Park will remain in place until the new park site is open to the public in 2022.
During the initial public engagement process, the idea of including art in the park design was recommended. As such, Raleigh Arts, a service unit of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, was brought onto the project to procure an artist exclusively for this project. Through a series of interviews with the Fisher Park Artist Selection Panel, composed of representatives of the College Park and local arts communities, a finalist was selected. Jermaine “JP” Powell is a North Carolina-based mixed-media artist and muralist and is currently engaging with the community to develop a vision for future art elements at Fisher Street Park.
Please participate in the current Public Art Survey. See link to survey below.
The schematic design survey was available for public comment in May - April 2021. See survey results below.
Fisher Street Park Relocation - Public Art Survey 1
About the Project The City of Raleigh, through the Housing & Neighborhoods Department, is facilitating the development of approximately 150 single-family homes and townhomes in College...
PARK DESIGN PLANS
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PARK DESIGN FOR FISHER STREET PARK
PLAYGROUND DESIGN FOR FISHER STREET PARK
PARK DESIGN FOR JOHN STOKES MEMORIAL GARDEN
Fisher Street Park Relocation - Schematic Design Survey (Spring 2021)
The Fisher Street Park Schematic Design Survey is closed. Please select "View Results" below for survey responses.Park Schematic DesignRaleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department...
Fisher Street Park Relocation - Concept Plans Survey (Spring 2020)
The 2020 Fisher Street Park Concept Plans Survey is closed. Please select "View Results" below for survey responses. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural...
Fisher Street Park - Initial Community Input Survey (2019)
The 2019 Fisher Street Park Initial Community Input Survey is closed. Please select "View Results" below for survey responses. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and...
For more information or questions, please contact Gary Claiborne, Capital Projects Manager at [email protected]