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Park Planning & Projects

PARK PLANNING

The Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new long-range planning document called the City of Rocky Mount Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. We are undertaking an 8-month comprehensive process that will shape the direction, development and delivery of the city’s parks and recreation services over the next 10 years.

On July 22, 2013, City Council approved a contract awarding AECOM as the prime consultant for the Master Plan. AECOM is a national leader in comprehensive park planning and has a strong reputation for being innovative while creating realistic plans that will allow the City to continue to provide excellent services to residents and visitors.

Project Scope

The project launched in August, 2013 with the creation of a steering committee consisting of community leaders representing each ward within the City of Rocky Mount. The committee is a consensus seeking group that will help guide the development of the master plan.

Along with city staff, AECOM will conduct a four-part process including:

  1. Existing System Analysis – Fall 2013

  2. Needs and Priorities Assessment – Fall 2013

  3. Long Range Vision – Winter 2013

  4. Implementation/Action Plan – Winter 2014

The city will extensively engage the public to understand the current state of the park system needs and desires of where and how the park system should grow. Opportunities to participate will include:

  • City Website

  • Citywide Survey

  • Focus Groups

  • Community Visioning Meetings

  • Presentations and Open Houses

A draft Master Plan documents was presented for public comment as part of a community-wide open house in early 2014. The Parks and Recreation Master Plan public involvement has been designed to be inclusionary and transparent.

In Progress (click a project to expand)

Aycock Park

The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will be renovating Aycock Park located at 1200 Aycock Street. Funding was made available after the City received a KaBOOM! grant to replace the playground. The playground was installed on August 29, and construction on the other elements has begun. Volunteers are needed; for more information or to sign up, click here. The new elements will include:

  • Paved ADA Accessible Walking Trail

  • New Basketball Court

  • Picnic Area

  • Multi-Use Field

  • New Swings

  • New Fence

  • New Signage

  • New Site Amenities (trash cans, shade structures, benches and water fountains)

Have a question about this project? Please contact Shiana Humphrey (Project Planner) at 252-972-1541 or shiana.humphrey@rockymountnc.gov.

What’s Next?

  • Install Playground

  • Award Contract for Walking Trail and Basketball Court

  • Start Construction Fall 2019

  • Grand Re-Opening: November 2019

Holly Street Park

The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will be renovating Holly Street Park located in your neighborhood. This project will meet current and future open space needs to serve the area. Funding ($588,580) for the Holly Street Park Renovation was made possible by the City of Rocky Mount and the Land, Water, Conservation Fund (LWCF). The new design has been completed and construction on new park elements should start in the Winter of 2018. The New Holly Street Park will feature:

  • New Basketball Court

  • Updated Picnic Shelter

  • Multi-Use Field

  • Updated Parking Spaces

  • New Signage

  • New Site Amenities (bike rack, trash cans, shade structures, benches and water fountains)

Once construction starts on the new park elements, the park will be closed through early Summer 2019. Special events typically held in the park will be held at other locations. We will keep the community informed of the Holly Street Park Project through our website.

Have a question about this project? Please contact Shiana Humphrey (Project Planner) at 252-972-1541 or shiana.humphrey@rockymountnc.gov.

What's Next?

  • Project Request for Proposal (RFP/Bid) Advertised

  • Review of Returned Proposals

  • Recommendation for Project Award

  • Award of Project

  • Start of Construction and Renovation: Winter 2018

  • Grand Re-Opening: Summer 2019

Senior Center

Summary: The weight room at the Rocky Mount Senior Center has had two new treadmills installed this month for patrons and will be receiving flooring upgrades. The new flooring will be rubberized, improving overall shock absorbency. The upgrades are scheduled for the last week in September. The center also received new doors on select rooms on the 2nd floor.

South Rocky Mount Community Center

New playground coming to South Rocky Mount Community Center. Grand opening spring 2019

Completed (click a project to expand)

Booker T. Washington Community Center

Summary: Located at 727 Pennsylvania Ave, the Booker T. Washington Community Center was able to complete significant upgrades to the kitchen thanks to a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association. The upgrades will serve as an area for healthy cooking classes and other programming. The center also received upgrades to select doors, and added a garden in the courtyard.

Schedule: Construction was completed in July 2018.

Booker T. Washington Gym

Summary: BTW Gym, located at 727 Pennsylvania Ave, received 25 LED light fixtures. The previous fixtures were outdated and non-repairable. The new fixtures improved overall lighting and energy efficiency.

Schedule:

  • February 2018: Construction

History: The BTW Gym is a part of the BTW Community Center.

Booker T. Theater

Summary: Located at 170 E Thomas Street, the Booker T Theater received carpet replacement throughout.

Schedule: Construction was completed in April 2018.

Imperial Centre Arts Center

Summary: Located at 270 Gay Street, the Arts Center received new carpet in the main hallways of the building as well as new tile in the bathrooms.

Schedule: Construction was completed in May 2018.

Sunset Park Spray Park

Summary: Sunset Park Spray Park, located at 1550 River Drive, has 1800 square feet of playground adjacent to it. This playground was completely resurfaced with bright-blue pour-in-place rubber in February 2018. The new surfacing is ADA compliant.

Schedule:

  • Fall 2017: Planning

  • February 2018: Construction

History: The last time the playground was resurfaced was in 2000.