The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership (WCWCP) provides a communication hub for residents, community stakeholders, academic and government leaders to collaborate on sustainable management of the wetlands and development of opportunities that benefit those who live, work, and play in the Walnut Creek community and watershed. 

The Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership, the NC Water Resources Research Institute, Design Workshop and The Conservation Fund are working alongside residents and a variety of partners through the Parks with Purpose initiative to identify, protect, and restore land for a new greenspace at the Bailey Drive Gateway. Our goal is that this space will provide a variety of social, economic, and environmental benefits for the communities adjacent to the Walnut Creek wetlands. Part of our community engagement efforts have included a workforce development training program in partnership with American Conservation Experience.



A Comprehensive Approach to Conservation

In Raleigh, the Fund has been investing in the Rochester Heights community where we are working with residents, community stakeholders, and the City of Raleigh to develop the Bailey Drive Gateway to Walnut Creek Wetland Park. This project builds on the City’s Walnut Creek Master Plan, which included the Gateway project as an important connector to the historic Rochester Heights and Biltmore Hills communities. These neighborhoods do not currently have direct access despite their proximity to the park.
Wetlands provide many ecological benefits like absorbing and filtering sediment, nutrients, and pollutants. They also recharge groundwater resources and are habitats for many animals and plants. Wetlands are increasingly threatened by developments and pollution so increasing opportunities to get community members recreating and protecting their wetlands is the Parks with Purpose approach to supporting the resilience of the environment and community.

Bailey Drive Gateway concept plan PWP

Why This Project Matters

Through the Parks with Purpose program, the Fund is providing support and capacity building to local environmental non-profits and youth leaders committed to environmental science, stewardship, and advocacy. Organizations such as the Partnership for Environmental Justice and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church are working in the WCWCP Task Force to brainstorm new ways to incorporate broader community participation and support for enhancing green space development south of the Walnut Creek Wetland Park. Historically African-American southeast Raleigh still faces the economic and environmental challenges that are the legacy of racial inequities. As an environmental justice campaign, the WCWCP and The Fund are working to incorporate economic, social, and environmental outcomes through developing a community-driven Parks with Purpose project in southeast Raleigh.

We also supported artist Tiffany Baker on the "Reflective History" art installation at the Bailey Drive Gateway as part of our unique approach to cultural conservation thorugh community art projects. Using glass and portraits as her story-telling medium, Tiffany’s artwork was installed as part of the project’s community engagement process, establishing the future park as a place for gathering, reflection, interaction, and learning. 



ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

American Conservation Experience
American Rivers 
Bourne to Film
Carolina Wetland Association 
Center for Human and Earth Restoration 
City of Raleigh
Design Workshop
Duke Energy Foundation
Fuller Elementary 
Institute for Landscape Art and Sustainable Spaces 
Kris Bass Engineering 
Natural Learning Initiative NCSU College of Design 
NCSU College of Natural Resources 
Partners for Environmental Justice 
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church 
Step Up Ministries
Tiffany Baker Artistry
Triangle Community Foundation
Triangle Greenway Council 
Walnut Creek Wetland Center 
Walnut Creek Wetland Community Partnership
Water Resources Research Institute 

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Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

Parks with Purpose in Atlanta

We are creating safe places to play, job training and easy access to greenspace in Atlanta’s historically underserved communities.
Parks with Purpose in Kansas City

Parks with Purpose in Kansas City

A new green space in the Marlborough community aims to provide flood resilience, public health benefits and workforce training opportunities. 
Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill

Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill

Atlanta’s Food Forest is the first of its kind, providing fresh produce in a community that has limited access...
Mattie Freeland Park 

Mattie Freeland Park 

A community garden and neighborhood gathering place established to honor a matriarch of Atlanta’s English Avenue community.
Parks with Purpose in Raleigh

Parks with Purpose in Raleigh

Since 1985, The Conservation Fund has worked to protect and restore vital natural resources across all 50 states. Nationwide...
Parks with Purpose in Baltimore

Parks with Purpose in Baltimore

Revitalizing a century’s old park to realize triple bottom-line community benefits of a healthy environment, economy and society.
Parks with Purpose in Durham

Parks with Purpose in Durham

Enhancing the ecological health of Goose Creek stream while bringing triple bottom-line benefits to the surrounding Durham communities.
Harbour-8 Park

Harbour-8 Park

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In central New Hampshire, the Beebe River boasts crystal clear water, great fly fishing and public recreation along its...
Sabine Ranch, Texas

Sabine Ranch, Texas

Located 75 miles east of Houston, the 12,376-acre Sabine Ranch is almost entirely within the boundary of the McFaddin...
Freedom Riders National Monument

Freedom Riders National Monument

Nonviolent protests and acts of civil disobedience powered the civil rights movement, making activists out of ordinary people wanting...
Rocky Mountain Front

Rocky Mountain Front

Where Montana’s dramatic peaks give way to the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountain Front forms a landscape unlike...
Mattie Freeland Park 

Mattie Freeland Park 

A community garden and neighborhood gathering place established to honor a matriarch of Atlanta’s English Avenue community.

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