Hill Street Park
In 2012, Hill Street Park in Raleigh was transformed into a nature-oriented, walkable, and education-oriented neighborhood park. The City Parks & Recreation Department wanted to create opportunities for passive recreation as well as public education. These outcomes, however, needed to be in alignment with protecting the natural integrity of the 16-acre site. In Master Planning the site, the Surface678 team designed open play areas and sited picnic facilities to create a core area of structured recreational use. Hydrology, vegetation and habitat resources dictated areas suitable for park development. To minimize intrusion into sensitive areas, a comprehensive trail system links each of the site’s three distinct forest communities and wetlands to the constructed park area and also creates opportunities for future greenway connections. Hill Street park includes many sustainable features such as a planted green roof, ample daylighting (in the neighborhood center), energy efficient fixtures & systems, and durable construction materials. The sheltered outdoor classroom has wireless access.