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It’s been nearly two years and $12.6 million in the making but it’s finally here: the new and improved Moore Square. The renovated historic park makes its official debut August 3. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been peeking through the fencing along South Blount, East Martin, South Person and East Hargett Streets to try to catch a glimpse. But now, wonder no more; here’s our guide to the 4-acre space.
Renovations honor Moore Square Park’s historic heritage, including its proximity to Raleigh’s traditionally African American neighborhoods, the city’s “Black Main Street” and City Market. A modern, urban design entices visitors in through four entryway plazas; stone-paved pathways connect from one end to the other. Benches and heritage oak trees offer comfort and shade.
The Central Lawn will host concerts, festivals, movies, book readings, games and workshops. The Tilted Lawn in the center of the park gives visitors an elevated view of Moore Square and the surrounding downtown.
Natural Play Areas
The Treehouse and a splash pad-like water feature allow children’s imaginations to run wild. Kids can climb on rocks and mounds, play in sand and grove terraces and explore native plant species.
Two Grove Rooms offer space with a casual classroom feel. The Community Table’s two granite tables seat 40, while The Hargett Room features a swirling-seat wall as its border.
The Visitors Center orients park guests. A gift shop sells souvenirs and the Moore Square History Exhibit teaches the park’s past.
Empire Eats will run a quick-service café called Square Burger, serving family-friendly fare including burgers, hot dogs, salads, shakes and beer/wine. A grove terrace offers tables and movable chairs; the kiosk provides water fountains and public restrooms are nearby.
The Moore Square Market, a 20-week farmers’ market, runs every Wednesday through mid-October. Vendors sell produce and artisan goods. Enjoy entertainers and kids activities.
Move Moore! features wellness programs including yoga and Shape Up! classes.
Moore Kids! hosts game nights, vendor fairs, story times and more.
Moore Square Live! hosts fun events on the Central Plaza and Lawn. The Raleigh Rockers breakdancers will hold weekly demonstrations while the Busker Series showcases street musicians, singers, magicians, artists and jugglers. Expect music festivals, lawn parties and outdoor movies, too.
Create Moore! is a collection of arts and cultural programs, including pop-ups and the Handmade Holiday Market.
Education component Tell Me Moore! features lectures series, history tours and the Raleigh Roots History Festival.
For more information visit Raleighnc.gov/MooreSquare.
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