Since the inception of PARTF, more than 400 local governments across the state have used the program to establish or improve parks for their citizens.
Benefits beyond money
The citizens of North Carolina and their visitors to the state have certainly enjoyed new amenities made possible by the PARTF program. There are many important benefits that aren't as easy to see:
- The PARTF program improves the opportunity to plan for future growth, like long-term initiatives for both land acquisition and capital projects.
- The Division's New Parks for a New Century initiative was launched in 2001 with a team examining every known site within N.C. and scoring them on criteria involving natural resource value, sustainability for park development, and proximity to population centers.
- Communities have benefited by the planning for local park projects that is encouraged by the scoring system used to evaluate PARTF grant applications. Local governments with better plans and public involvement have received more grants.
- The Parks and Recreation Authority has consistently awarded grants to the best local park projects while distributing them to more than 350 local governments, small and large, in all of North Carolina's 100 counties.
- PARTF allows the Division of Parks and Recreation to build mutually beneficial and long-lasting partnerships.
- The Clean Water Management Trust Fund was established in the early 1990s for the protection of water quality through clean water initiatives, easements, and land acquisition along riparian areas, etc. and has become a great supporter of parks projects across the state.
- Calling on the state's conservation funds in different combinations has given the state great flexibility for a broad strategic conservation plan. And, it has allowed the state to act more quickly to take advantage of conservation opportunities.
- The trust fund has allowed state parks to build trust and a close working relationship with national and regional land trusts and often with local governments.