The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership formed in 2014 by citizens and organizations interested in and working in the community surrounding the Walnut Creek wetlands in Southeast Raleigh. They developed their mission at a retreat in spring 2015:
The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership provides an informational hub and communication forum for academic, government, community leaders, and residents to collaborate on education, research, sustainable management of the wetlands’ natural resources and development of the surrounding human community.
Partners communicate through an email listserv and periodic gatherings in the community. WRRI and NCSU College of Natural Resources are coordinating the partnership. Email Christy Perrin at email@example.com to subscribe to the listserv. Email Christy or Louie Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
A new short documentary film tells the inspiring story of the Walnut Creek Wetland Park, from its founding to the present day. Watch the film here.
What are wetlands? Wetlands are low lying lands that collect water, have soggy soil, and provide homes to a variety of plants and animals. Wetlands act as sponges and filters, helping to control flooding and provide clean water. The Walnut Creek wetlands in southeast Raleigh help to remove pollution and reduce flooding from water flowing from downtown Raleigh. They also provide a natural outdoor place for people to enjoy.
News and Opportunities
- NCSU College of Design LAR 502 students put Task Force ideas into plans to help visualize them. See those ideas in their Studio Presentations.
- Read our Parks with Purpose project Fact Sheet and Feb 2019 Parks with Purpose Update to learn about our current efforts!
- The Parks with Purpose Community Task Force next meets on Monday, Mar 18 from 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm at Walnut Creek Wetland Park, and again on Mon., Mar 25 at St. Ambrose Church. RSVP to email@example.com to be included in the dinner count.
- A Family Fun Event was held Saturday, Feb. 16 from 12-3 at St. Ambrose Church!
- The Task Force has a Parks w Purpose Community Outreach Plan__Jan 3 draft
- Theo Jass and Ryan Emanuel, NCSU CNR, used American Rivers funding to see how high Little Rock Creek and Rochester Heights’ creeks get after rain events. Monitoring has been ongoing since late 2017.
- WCWCP installed a rain garden at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, funded by an American Rivers grant and City of Raleigh Rainwater Rewards. Watch three videos about the rain garden at the City’s site here
Our Group Documents
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 7 summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 6 summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 5 summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 4 summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 3 summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 2 summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 1 summary
- Parks with Purpose Fact Sheet
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Charter
- Fall 2017 Meeting Summary
- Summer 2017 Newsletter
- July 2016 Meeting Summary
- Dec 2015 Meeting Summary
- Sep 2015 Meeting Summary
- April 2015 Retreat outcomes
- NCSU Research Forum Presentation Sept 2014
- June 2014 Meeting Summary
- New “Urban Parks with a Purpose” project engages community in identifying and installing a park facility with multiple benefits. A Community Task Force guides the project that started in 2018 and is funded by Conservation Fund.
- Dresden McGregor,an NCSU graduate student, worked in the community to learn more about residents’ views, flooding, and green infrastructure opportunities. These are projects that use nature to provide community and environmental benefits. Email Louie Rivers for information.
- City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources worked with community to develop a master plan for a Wetland Park to surround the existing Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Council approved the plan.
Have you worked in the Walnut Creek wetlands and/or surrounding community in southeast Raleigh? We seek to create an archive of projects and results and resources to share with the community. Please contact us if you’ve got a project to share.
- Walnut Creek watershed map
- The Center for Human and Earth Restoration received the 2016 John Chavis Community Legacy Award for the Neighborhood Ecology Corps program.
- City of Raleigh’s Walkable Watershed Plan focuses on ways to improve pedestrian safety and connectivity while reducing flooding and helping local waterways.
- Walnut Creek Wetland Education site by Exploris Middle School (2009)
- NCSU Natural Learning Initiative Walnut Creek Wetland Center planning (2002)
Who we are
We step up to the table with our individual motivations, gifts, talents, and humility, seeking to share those in a place we care about, with people we care about. We invite residents and organizations that are active in the community to join us. So far, we include:
- American Rivers
- Carolina Wetlands Association
- Center for Human and Earth Restoration
- City of Raleigh Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
- City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division
- City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability
- Fuller Elementary School
- Institute for Landscape Art and Sustainable Spaces
- JPB Foundation
- Kris Bass Engineering
- Natural Learning Initiative, NCSU College of Design
- NCSU College of Natural Resources