Proposal would ban drones from most Raleigh parks

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Drone use could be cut down in city parks if Raleigh passes a proposed policy involving pilots.

Raleigh park administrators want recreational drone pilots to fly in the city parks but only in seven sites. There will be a public forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the City Council chambers for people to comment on the plan.

The Parks Advisory Committee selected Baileywick, Dorothea Dix, Eastgate, Eliza Pool, Marsh Creek, Southgate, and Spring Forest Parks as recommended areas for flights. Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources assistant director Scott Payne said those locations include at least one in each quadrant of Raleigh.

“We’re trying to find that balance where you don’t have to drive all the way across the city, where there’s one near where you may live that would support the activity,” Payne said.

Raleigh’s website lists more than 80 parks in the city in total.

Four of the seven parks

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