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Urban Open Space Plan

  1. a. Prioritize updating highly-utilized open spaces and recreational facilities and in underserved communities of concern.

  2. b. Preserve existing open space by restricting its conversion to other uses and limiting encroachment from other uses, assuring no loss of quantity or quality of open space.

  3. c. Maintain and repair recreational facilities and open spaces to modern maintenance standards.

  4. d. Support public art as an essential component of open space design.

  5. e. Ensure that open space is safe and secure for Durham’s entire population.

  6. f. Encourage private recreational facilities on private land that provide a community benefit, particularly within areas of concern.

  7. g. Preserve historic and culturally significant landscapes, sites, structures, buildings and objects.

  8. h. Preserve and protect character-defining features of historic resources in City parks, when it is necessary to make alterations to accommodate new needs or uses.

  9. i. Pursue and develop innovative long-term funding mechanisms for maintenance, operation, renovation and acquisition of open space and recreation.

  10. a. Expand partnerships among open space agencies, transit agencies, private sector and nonprofit institutions to acquire, develop and/or manage existing open spaces.

  11. b. Encourage and maintain the shared use of public and semi-public facilities as active open spaces. Initial priorities should be Duke East Campus, Brodgen Middle School, and Williams Water Treatment Plant.

  12. c. Examine and identify potential for using known brownfields in neighborhoods as open space restoration projects.

  13. a. Creatively develop existing publicly-owned right-of-ways and streets into open space.

  14. b. Prioritize, fund, and construct urban trails recommended in the Durham Trails and Greenways plan that improve access to parks and open spaces in underserved areas.

  15. c. Encourage non-automobile modes of transportation – transit, bicycle and pedestrian access—to and from open spaces while reducing automobile traffic and parking in public open spaces.

  16. d. Ensure that, where feasible, recreational facilities and open spaces are physically accessible, especially for those with limited mobility.

  17. a. Acquire or retain property with high suitability ratings based on the Suitability analysis or are identified in Watershed Management Improvement Plans. This may include purchase, retention of City and County owned properties and rights-of-way, or impervious surface transfers.

  18. b. Continue to monitor, analyze, and update the results of the suitability analysis. Periodically provide new maps and publicly-accessible data.

  19. c. Include protection and restoration of local biodiversity in construction, renovation, management and maintenance of open space and recreation facilities.

  20. d. Restore stream corridors and riparian buffers in urbanized areas.

  21. e. Consider repurposing underutilized publicly-owned properties as open space and recreational facilities.

  22. f. Encourage redevelopment of flood plain properties to integrate regional storm water management and open space amenities.

  23. a. Engage communities in the design, programming and improvement of their local open spaces, and in the development of recreational programs.

  24. b. Increase awareness of the City and County’s open space system.

  25. c. Facilitate the development of community-initiated or supported open spaces.

  26. d. Reduce governmental barriers to community-initiated recreation and open space efforts.

  27. e. Encourage and foster stewardship of open spaces through well-run, active volunteer programs.

  28. a. Prioritize and fund replacement street trees on public streets.

  29. b. Increase urban tree canopy by planting trees on public property, such as parks, cemeteries, schools, and public facilities.

  30. c. Develop a program to plant new trees on residential properties, initially targeting districts 3 and 5 where tree canopy is most deficient.

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