The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership formed in 2014 by residents and organizations interested and working in the community surrounding the Walnut Creek wetlands in Southeast Raleigh. Their mission is to
provide 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe to the listserv. Email Christy or Louie Rivers at email@example.com with any questions.
Parks with Purpose project
A “Parks with a Purpose” effort has been engaging 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 The Conservation Fund. The Task Force chose to design and construct nature park facilities on a site along Bailey Drive in partnership with City of Raleigh. Scroll down to “News and Opportunities” for more information and ways to get involved.
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
- The Parks with Purpose Community Task Force next meets on Monday, Aug 19 from 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm at Walnut Creek Wetland Park. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the dinner count.
- Meet the Bailey Drive Greenspace event on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8:30 am- noon is open to all! See the Bailey Drive Greenspace Event Flier for more information.
- Read our Parks with Purpose project Fact Sheet and Parks with Purpose August 2019 update to learn about current efforts, including seeking a design firm.
- NCSU College of Design students visualized Task Force ideas as concept plans. See their ideas in their Studio Presentations. You can also see the Final LA classes report.
- The Task Force has a Parks w Purpose Community Outreach Plan__Jan 3 draft
- 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 10 (5/19) summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 9 (3/25/19) summary
- Parks with Purpose Task Force Mtg 8 summary
- 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 “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.
- 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.
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
- NCSU CNR’s Spring 2019 Natural Resources Measurements class Final Report includes results of their studies of Walnut Creek Wetland Park resources
- 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