New name needed for planned park in Raleigh

Devereux Meadow off Capital Boulevard. Photo: City of Raleigh

Raleigh needs a new name for its new park.

What is happening: A planned park at the intersection of Capital Boulevard and Peace Street would be located on 14 acres of land currently used as a city maintenance yard.

  • The project is still in its early stages, but the city hopes to restore Pigeon House Branch Creek and use it as a greenway.

Driving the news: Currently called Devereux Meadow, the area is named after a former baseball stadium located on the property. But the history of the name goes back further to John Devereux Jr., who owned several plantations in the 1800s, according to the city, and leaders want to change it because of its connection to slavery.

The three the new options are:

  • Footbridge Park: A reference to the park’s location near the northern entrance to downtown.
  • Smoky Hollow Park: A tribute to the historic district near the park, which was demolished during an urban renewal project in the 1960s.
  • Robinson Greenberg Park: Tribute to professional baseball players who have helped break down racial barriers. Jackie Robinson was Major League Baseball’s first black player and played a game at Devereux Meadow Stadium in 1950. Hank Greenberg was one of the first famous Jewish baseball players and played for the minor league Raleigh Capitals in 1930.

And after: The city is asking residents to complete a survey of potential names. The results of the survey will be released on September 15.

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