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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
Neal Lewis
, Chairman, New Hanover County

Ann Babcock
Ann Babcock
, Buncombe County

Lydia Boesch
Lydia Boesch
, Moore County


Chad Brown, Gaston County

Vinnie Goel
Vinnie Goel
, Wake County

Lewis Ledford
Lewis Ledford
, Wake County

Cynthia Tart
Cynthia Tart
, Brunswick County

Lisa Wolff
Lisa Wolff
, Alamance County

Edward Wood
Edward W. Wood
, Chowan 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.