The N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority awarded $6 million in grants for 22 local parks and recreation projects at its meeting Aug. 25. Authority members, who serve three-year terms and are appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tem of the N.C. Senate, and the Speaker of the House, gathered at the Nature Research Center in Raleigh for their quarterly meeting. Two new Authority members were sworn in:
The Authority voted on which local parks and recreation projects would receive $6 million in available grants from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, which is supported by annual appropriations from the N.C. General Assembly. This year, the authority received 60 applications for local PARTF funds totaling $18 million in requested funding. A total of 21 local parks and recreation projects were funded in full, and one project was funded at 72 percent of the requested amount.
Projects include a new section of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail in Alamance County, an innovative revitalization of a charming covered bridge for new recreational opportunities in Davidson County, and a wellness center in Green County.
The meeting was full of local leaders including mayors, county commissioners, town managers, and parks and recreation program managers. Following the public portion of the meeting, State Parks Director Mike Murphy and Deputy Director Carol Tingley updated Authority members on the status of active and pending Connect NC bond projects throughout the State Parks system and recent events, including the opening of the new profile trail access at Grandfather Mountain State Park, the approval of three new state natural areas by the General Assembly, and the Eclipse at Gorges, a weekend-long festival hosted by Gorges State Park that drew thousands of visitors from across the country and world to view the total solar eclipse.
The authority’s next meeting is in November at Hanging Rock State Park.
Full List of Awarded Projects
City of Burlington: Willowbrook Park
Halifax County: Halifax County Recreation Improvements
Town of Oak Island: Middleton Park Redevelopment
City of Sanford: Kiwanis Family Park Renovations
Catwawba County: Riverbend Park Expansion
Yadkin County: Yadkin Memorial Park Recreation
Nash County: Nash County Play Together Regional Park
Alamance County: Haw River Trail Mountains to Sea Trail
Davidson County: Wil-Cox Bridge Recreation Area
Town of New London: New London Park Project
Greene County: Greene County Wellness Center
CIty of Wilson: Cavalier Terrace
City of Archdale: Creekside Park Enhancements
Polk County: Little White Oak Mountain
Town of Valdese: Lake Rhodhiss Park Acquisition
Town of N. Topsail Beach: Town Park Renovation
Town of Forest City: Thermal Belt Phase Trail Phase1
Burke County: Fonta Flora State Trail
Town of Tarboro: Braswell Playground Renovations
Stanly County: Long Street Veteran’s Park
Chatham County: Enhancement of Briar Chapel Park
City of Dunn- Clarence Lee Tart Park Improvements