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The Parks and Recreation Authority

The nine-member Parks and Recreation Authority, meeting quarterly, allocates money from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The board is comprised of three members appointed by the Governor, including the chairperson; three members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; and three members appointed by the Speaker of the House.  Members are appointed for three-year terms.

 

Neal Lewis – Chairman – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Neal Lewis, Chairman
New Hanover County

Chad Brown – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Chad Brown
Gaston County

Dr. Vinnie Goel – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Dr. Vinnie K. Goel
Wake County

     

Mavis Gragg – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Mavis Gragg
Durham County

Woody Gurley
Lenoir County

Beth Heile – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Beth Heile
Burke County​

     

Lewis Ledford – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Lewis Ledford
Wake County

Margaret Newbold – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Margaret Newbold
Watauga County

Cynthia Tart – North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority

Cynthia Tart
Carteret County

 

 

Responsibilities of the Authority

The authority is charged with six powers and duties to:

  1. Receive public and private donations and funds for deposit into the fund;
  2. Allocate funds for land acquisition;
  3. Allocate funds for capital projects;
  4. Solicit financial and material support;
  5. Develop effective support for parks and recreation; and
  6. Advise the Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources on any matter s/he may refer to the body.