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City Council to consider bond to fund parks, greenways projects

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Kayakers paddle at the Falls Lake Dam. (Falls Whitewater Park Committee) Kayakers paddle at the Falls Lake Dam. (Falls Whitewater Park Committee)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Raleigh City Council will consider placing a bond proposal on the November ballot to fund the development of a number of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department projects.

City Council members will consider a vote June 17 to place a $91.7 million bond proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The bond would help fund the development of projects recommended in a newly adopted System Plan for the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

The city says the System Plan shapes the direction, development and delivery of its parks and greenways, recreation services, and cultural resources over the next 20 years.

City Council also plans to consider adding a long-talked-about whitewater park to the list of projects to be funded by the bond proposal.

The Falls Whitewater Park would be located in the Neuse River below Falls Lake Dam. A park plan, developed by McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, was approved by City Council in 2011.

The Falls Whitewater Park Committee says $345,000 has already been publicly allocated for the project, including $195,000 from the 2003 Raleigh Park Referendum and $150,000 from Wake County.

A 2012 economic impact report estimates the park could have an estimated benefit of between $276,686 and $1.2 million a year.

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