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Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park

The Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park is, as my friend Mark Turner aptly put it, a park that’s as big as its name. Through Dr. Annie’s foresight and the hard work of her family, friends and Raleigh Parks and Rec staff, Raleigh’s first nature preserve park is a peaceful memorial to a neighborhood hero. Read More »

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2011 Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards

Each spring, Raleigh’s Parks & Recreation Department celebrates the awesome volunteers that are so important to the success of our parks, community centers and greenways. The awards honor the memory of Fred Fletcher, Sr., who gave…

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Mordecai Historic Park

The Mordecai Historic Park is a village-like collection of historic buildings near Oakwood centered around the Mordecai House, Raleigh’s oldest residence on it’s original location.

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Eastgate Park

There’s a lot going on at Eastgate this year. The old bridge and pier in the pond have been removed and the outdated playground has been scrapped. But next week, I’m joining a bunch of volunteers, sponsored by the…

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Buffaloe Road Athletic Park

Bufflaoe Road Athletic Park is home to some of the nicest ball fields in Raleigh. Built in 2003, the park includes five fields and bleacher seating that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. This park is host to many local and national…

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Moore Square

Moore Square is one of two surviving downtown parks outlined in William Christmas’ 1792 plan for the development of downtown Raleigh. The plan called for four four-acre parks to be arranged symmetrically around the Capitol Plaza. The other surviving park…

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Baileywick Road Park

Baileywick Road Park is a 50-acre park located in North Raleigh, not far from the YMCA. The park includes a large playground area with equipment grouped by age and two lighted baseball fields.

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Jaycee Park and Community Center

Raleigh’s Jaycee Park is located just south of Wade Avenue, not far from Cameron Village.  I really should’ve written about it sooner as I usually visit this park at least once a month for the meeting of the Raleigh

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Lions Park

In reaction to a wave of juvenile delinquency and truancy following World War II, Raleigh’s leaders worked to expand recreational programs and facilities within the city. In 1951, Raleigh issued a quarter of a million dollar bond issue aimed at…

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John Winters Park

John Winters Park is a small open area in downtown Raleigh. It was named after John W. Winters, Sr. (1920-2004), Raleigh’s first African American city councilman and one of the first African Americans elected to the North Carolina…

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Lane Street Mini Park

As its name suggests, Lane Street is a small park in southeast Raleigh. In October of 2009, the park got a major overhaul with the help of national nonprofit KaBOOM!

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