Airport/Whitaker Park Plan

Plan Status - IN PROGRESS

This strategic plan will address how the airport and Whitaker Park can be leveraged to increase economic development opportunities in the community, and how the appearance of the surrounding area can be improved through design enhancements.

Airport / Whitaker Park Planning Area Boundary

Future Meetings

3rd Meeting:  Thursday, January 16, 2019
Smith Reynolds Airport, 3801 N. Liberty Street
Purpose:  Refine Economic Development Recommendations and Site Design Concepts
Meeting begins at 6:00 PM

Final Drop-in Meeting:  Thursday, February 13, 2019
Smith Reynolds Airport, 3801 N. Liberty Street
Purpose:  Review Draft Plan
Meeting Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

  1. Progress
  2. Documents

Meetings

Close to 50 people attended the 2nd community meeting for the Smith Reynolds Airport/Whitaker Park Strategic Area Plan held at the Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center.  Citizens discussed proposed economic development recommendations, including:

  • Maximizing the benefits of Smith Reynolds Airport and Whitaker Park’s proximity to Downtown and the Innovation Quarter,
  • Making improvements to Smith Reynolds Airport and the surrounding area to become a better aesthetic gateway to Winston-Salem, particularly for air travelers,
  • Recruiting aviation/aerospace-related businesses to Smith Reynolds Airport, Whitaker Park, Brookwood Business Park, and nearby business areas,
  • Cultivating the job skills of area residents of all ages, and
  • Informing existing business owners of available business assistance programs offered by local governments and agencies.

More details on these recommendations are found under the “Documents” tab on this page.

Over 100 people attended the public kickoff meeting for the Smith Reynolds Airport/Whitaker Park Strategic Area Plan held at Carver High School on October 17, 2019. The kickoff meeting allowed citizens to give input on how future development at Smith Reynolds Airport and Whitaker Park can spur additional business growth in the area.  Discussion also centered on ways to improve the appearance of areas along Akron Drive and Liberty Street, the main business corridors in the area. Citizen suggestions included recruiting aviation-related companies; offering aviation-related work training programs; and adding street trees, street lighting, sidewalks, bike lanes, and bus stations along Liberty Street and Akron Drive. The plan area encompasses 2,900 acres and includes businesses and neighborhoods adjacent to Smith Reynolds Airport and Whitaker Park.

Two future citizen meetings are scheduled as part of the planning process. The next meeting will be held in the Smith Reynolds Airport terminal building, 3801 N. Liberty Street on Thursday, January 16, 2020 to discuss revisions and additions to the economic development recommendations presented at the 2nd meeting and to present final site development plans possible streetscape and building improvements on Akron Drive and N. Liberty Street.  

The final meeting will also be held at the Smith Reynolds Airport terminal on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for citizens to drop by to review, discuss, and comment on the draft strategic plan that will be presented to local officials for approval.

Public hearings on the draft plan before the City-County Planning Board and City Council will be scheduled for Spring 2020.