John Chavis Memorial Park’s new community center

Photo of John Chavis Memorial Park community center by RALtoday

Yesterday, The RALtoday team got a sneak peak of John Chavis Memorial Park’s recent renovations and were able to check out the improvements firsthand.

Using funds from a National Parks Service grant and Raleigh’s Stormwater Cost Share Program, the park built a new 2-story community center, with a full-size gymnasium, fitness center + numerous meeting spaces.The center will host multiple community programs, such as leisure ledger and open-play pickleball.

John Chavis Memorial Park (also referred to as Chavis Park), is located at 505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. and has been a part of the Raleigh community since the 1930’s. In April 2016, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. After nearly a century, it was time for an update, y’all. 

Photo of John Chavis Memorial Park’s new gymnasium by RALtoday

Renovations were also made to the Historic Allan Herschell Carousel as well as the addition of new central plaza, featuring an integrated water feature and inclusive playground for all ages + abilities.

The John Chavis Memorial Park improvement project began in 2014 when a master plan was formed for the long-term development of the park. Nearly 7 years later, construction on  John Chavis Memorial Park is almost complete + will soon reopen to the public. Take a 360 tour of the center here

Photo of John Chavis Memorial Park’s new playground by RALtoday

The city will be hosting a ribbon cutting and celebration for the John Chavis Memorial Park on Sat., June 12, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The carousel will be open for free rides + there will be food trucks onsite. Find more details here