Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park Phase Two

Last updated Jan. 05, 2015 - 12:46 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • $2.5 million
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (Partner)
  • HH Architecture (Architecture and Project Lead)
  • CLH Design, P.A. (Site, Civil, and Landscape Architecture)
  • Lysaght & Associates, PA (Structural Engineering)
  • En-Tech Engineering (Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering)
  • Matrix Health and Safety Consultants, LLC (Environmental Design)
  • Daniels and Daniels Construction Co., Inc. (General Contractor)

Current Activity

The construction contract has been awarded to Daniels and Daniels Construction Co., Inc.

The Public Utilities Department is partnering with the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department on an innovative wastewater system that produces reclaimed water and ultra-low nitrogen discharge for the Falls Lake watershed. The Public Utilities Department is funding the project using watershed protection fees.


The former home of Dr. Wilkerson will be fully renovated for conversion into a nature park research center. This center may include a multi-purpose room, a science/wet lab, an exhibit space, a reception area / entry, a kitchenette, and the necessary support spaces. In addition to the center, the project will also include pedestrian walkways and outdoor teaching space.

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The building will be submitted for LEED Certification.


Exterior of the proposed park center


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2012 - Summer 2013Design Development and Construction Documents
Summer 2013 - Summer 2014Bidding and Construction
June 2012 – February 2013Public Input
June 7, 2012Project Information Exchange Meeting
February 7, 2013Schematic Design Review Meeting
February 21, 2013Presentation to the Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
March 5, 2013City Council approved schematic design
December 3, 2013City Council awarded construction contract


In February 2006, the City of Raleigh received an amazing gift of 157 acres of land along Falls Lake to create its first designated nature preserve. Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson, a renowned Raleigh doctor with many pioneering achievements in her 53-year career in medicine, stipulated in her will that the park be maintained as a "nature preserve park" used for the primary purpose of nature and wildlife education.

Phase One of park development has been completed and consists of a park preserve office, an educational shelter and restrooms. The restrooms utilize an innovative water conservation and re-use system. Other sustainable features include a small solar array, car charging station and permeable parking area.

The nature preserve consists of oak-hickory forest and open fields that will be maintained as Piedmont prairie. Three farm ponds and five perennial streams shelter various aquatic species.

On June 5, City Council authorized the execution of the design services contract with HH Architecture.

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