Parks Guru: Ideas for Dix Should Arise on Site, Not Be Manufactured in Traditional Political Settings

Parks Guru: Ideas for Dix Should Arise on Site, Not Be Manufactured in Traditional Political Settings

Raleigh’s plan for Dix Park should be conceived right there among its more than three hundred rolling acres, with diverse groups of people trying out diverse sorts of activities.

That was the word from a veteran parks and communities expert who talked to a crowd at the City of Raleigh Museum Wednesday.

A visionary plan that contributes to an “inclusionary, participatory democracy” can’t be crafted in a traditional public hearing with politically experienced people presenting mainstream ideas to an accommodating staff, said Mickey L. Fearn, a professor of the practice at N.C. State’s College of Natural Resources and a former deputy director of the National Parks Service.

More than seventy people filled and spilled over available seats for the event, presented by Raleigh’s Urban Design Center as part of a lecture series.…

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