ECWA works to acquire and manage preserved lands to enhance the conservation of Ellerbe Creek and surrounding watersheds, and to offer residents opportunities to become active in exploring, understanding, and protecting their urban waters. ECWA has partnered with The Conservation Fund to develop a Parks with Purpose project that will enhance the ecological health of the highly urbanized Goose Creek stream and bring triple bottom-line benefits to the surrounding Durham communities. 

A Comprehensive Approach to Conservation

By expanding its organizational scope to include the East Durham watershed of the Goose Greek stream, ECWA is developing a more holistic approach to conserving the water resources and habitats of Durham. By integrating new communities into a call to action about the ecological conservation of the broader Durham watershed, ECWA and the Fund are facilitating opportunities for new partnerships to develop around the Parks with Purpose project. 

Goose Creek is a major tributary of Ellerbe Creek and the stream provides water to the Falls Lake reservoir, a major source of drinking water for the city of Raleigh, thus protecting this stream has direct impacts on public and environmental health. Protection and acquisition of habitat surrounding Goose Creek is also sited as critical in the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Management Improvement Plan. Together with guidance from an Advisory Group of East Durham community leaders and residents within the Goose Creek watershed, ECWA and the Fund are collaboratively working to provide community development and capacity building opportunities to support this urban conservation project.  


Why This Project Matters

Parks with purpose focuses on conserving and enhancing urban parks and greenspaces with a keen understanding that urban conservation is crucial to the health of the environment and natural resources that communities rely on. The Gosse Creek Parks with Purpose project offers an opportunity for urban communities and residents in East Durham that have been historically underrepresented and underserved to play a central role in natural resource planning and decision-making. By expanding their scope to the Gosse Creek Watershed, ECWA has the opportunity to not only integrate a new segment of the Durham population, but also to highlight the conservation of an urban area that is crucial to a integrative plan to protect the watershed health of Durham and the surrounding region.

By highlighting community values in the decision-making process of what will ultimately become the East Durham Parks with Purpose project, this work will galvanize community development, stewardship, and maintenance of this park project by building a sense of ownership and place-making among East Durham residents.  

Browse through our parks with purpose Projects:

Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

Conservation efforts, especially in urban areas, often are complicated; but we’ve taken on the challenge in Atlanta with both environmental...
Parks with Purpose in Kansas City

Parks with Purpose in Kansas City

In the 1930s, the Marlborough community in south-central Kansas City, Missouri, was booming. New housing developments, schools and a...
Parks with Purpose in Raleigh

Parks with Purpose in Raleigh

The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership provides a communication hub for residents, community stakeholders, and academic and government leaders to collaborate on sustainable...
Parks with Purpose in Baltimore

Parks with Purpose in Baltimore

Garrett Park is a hidden gem of greenspace nestled in the heart of the South Baltimore neighborhood of Brooklyn. This...
Parks with Purpose in Durham

Parks with Purpose in Durham

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) is a Durham based non-profit working to protect and restore waterways and landscapes within the Ellerbe Creek watershed and to connect communities to watershed...