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Raleigh’s Moore Square Re-Opens as a Democratic and Inclusive Place

Tomorrow morning – August 2nd at 10am – is the official ribbon cutting for Moore Square, re-opening after years of community engagement and design followed by 18 months of construction. Read more on the background of the project and its driving ideas on this blog post.

Sasaki led the planning and design of Moore Square from 2014-2019. Gina Ford served as the lead designer and design principal and Eamonn Hutton served as the project landscape architect, both while at Sasaki. The renovation of the Square was identified as a priority in many city initiatives including the Downtown Plan, also led by Sasaki and managed by Brie Hensold.

We are proud that the first review celebrates Moore Square’s role in community cohesion, democratic life and the city’s ongoing urban renaissance. Raleigh’s News and Observer’s Mike Welton says, Moore Square is “a wide-open symbol of Raleigh’s commitment to democracy in public spaces” and that it “will play an immediate, cross-pollinating role in public life”.

Congratulations to the City of Raleigh and an incredible team of collaborators!

Sasaki (prime consultant, landscape architecture, architecture and engineering), Brad J Goldberg (artist), Kimley-Horn (permitting and traffic), The Cultural Landscape Foundation (heritage), HR&A Advisors (programming and governance), Dr. Barrett Kays (soils), Bartlett Tree Experts (urban forestry), HLB Lighting, Dewberry (MEP) and Hanbury Preservation Consulting (history).