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Bailey Drive Gateway art exhibit

Parks with Purpose

A “Parks with Purpose” effort has been engaging the community of Southeast Raleigh in creating a new green park facility that celebrates the local history, culture and natural environment. A Community Task Force selected the Bailey Drive Gateway site to create a place of community gathering, while also providing a space for environmental education and outdoor recreation. A Stewardship Crew of community members supports this and other parks spaces through engaging events and hands-on care. Funded by The Conservation Fund and in partnership with the City of Raleigh, the PWP initiative is one of several on the east coast.

The Bailey Drive Gateway Project

  • The Community Task Force chose to design and construct the park on a site along Bailey Drive, adjacent to the Walnut Creek Wetlands
  • The site will be part of the larger Walnut Creek Wetland Park 
  • Design Workshop, a design firm, has led the design process by engaging community members and residents 
  • Design Workshop is working with the City of Raleigh to draft the final design

News and Events

  • The Conservation Fund is continuing to work with Design Workshop in 2022 on design development and outreach this fall for additional oral histories for a permanent art installation of legacy residents in the final design.
  • The community has selected, “A Walk in the Neighborhood” as the final concept plan. Check out the project website to learn more.
  • We unveiled artist  Tiffany Baker’s artwork at the Bailey Drive Gateway site in 2021! Titled Our Reflective History, this homage to the Rochester Heights neighborhood’s rich history was celebrated with local food, music, and festivities. You can visit it today.
  • A local workforce training crew joined an American Conservation Experience (ACE) crew to do vegetation management at the Walnut Creek Wetland Park, including the Bailey Drive Gateway site.
  • A new NC Department of Justice Ecosystem Enhancement Grant (EEG) has been received to help fund the ecological enhancement of the Bailey Drive Gateway Site.
Final Concept Plan – A walk in the neighborhood

Current Efforts

  • The Stewardship Crew has held several events focused on engaging neighbors to use the Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Biltmore Hills Park, and surrounding greenways. In 2022 these events included learning about healthy soul food, how to make a bouquet with local flowers, outdoor exercises for all ages, and participating in Mud Day.
  • Currently, the crew is collaborating with NC State and Sound Rivers in monitoring Little Rock Creek for E. coli.
Mud Day participants answered the question, “What do you want to do at our parks?”

To stay up to date with the Stewardship Crew’s upcoming events, visit or contact Christy Perrin, at

Get Involved!

For more information on this project, contact Christy Perrin with any further questions; or visit Parks with Purpose.