Input welcome for Battle Park Master Plan Process

Input welcome for Battle Park Master Plan Process
Posted on 02/13/2020
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Three upcoming meetings will be held February 20 and 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. and March 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences to gather public input for future master planning at Battle Park. These meetings are not related to the Community Conversations meetings regarding the confederate monument held in 2018 by the city’s Human Relations Department, as Battle Park sits on an independent parcel of land separate from the monument.

The Battle Park Master Plan Process public input meetings will allow citizens to engage in two-way conversation and planning with the city’s Parks and Recreation staff to assist in developing the Battle Park master planning process. Once the Plan is developed, the city of Rocky Mount intends to utilize the resulting planning document to apply for numerous grants, including Federal grants. Compliance with Uniform Guidance concerning the use of Federal Funds will be required.

“There have been no decisions regarding renovations, project cost, architects, contractors, funding sources etc., as the purpose of the meetings is to assist with obtaining information as well as to garner community and stakeholder input on the proposed renovation,” said Assistant City Manager Elton Daniels. “Full public engagement, open communication with staff and guidance as provided by City Management and City Council will all be hallmarks of a successful Site-Specific Master Plan.”

The city is working with CPL: Architecture-Engineering-Planning to facilitate the planning process. The (federal and state) grants that the city anticipates applying for strictly prohibit the use of the monument in the application.