Three upcoming meetings will be held February 20 and 27, 2020, 6-7:30pm and March 2, 2020, 10-11:30am at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences to gather public input for future master planning at Battle Park.
*UPDATE: The February 20 meeting has been canceled due to expected snow/weather.
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.
The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.
The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community towards a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly-owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or stormwater services. To learn more, visit www.rockymountnc.gov.
Note: 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.
Source: Jessie Nunery, City of Rocky Mount, NC
Ed. Note: Article originally published February 18, 2020. Updated February 20 with weather-related cancellation of first meeting.