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Local Communities to Receive $6.7 Million for Parks and Recreation, Gov. Cooper Announces

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Friday, August 24, 2018
Phone: 
919-817-3752

Local Communities to Receive $6.7 Million for Parks and Recreation, Gov. Cooper Announces

RALEIGH:  Governor Roy Cooper today announced the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has awarded over $6.7 million in grants to fund 27 local parks and recreation projects across the state. The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority approved the grants at its meeting held today in Raleigh.

“Parks and Recreation Trust Fund projects support conservation, strengthen communities, and help local economies thrive,” Gov. Cooper said. “These grants improve quality of life and encourage residents and visitors to get outdoors.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority considered 50 grant applications requesting $12.6 million. The maximum grant awarded for a single project under the program was $500,000. Awardees must match funds dollar-for-dollar for the awarded amount.  

Susi Hamilton, who worked in community planning before her tenure as secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, has seen firsthand how these grants impact communities. “From our most rural areas to our largest towns and cities, PARTF grants instill new life into our communities and continue to benefit these areas for generations.”

“Robust recreational opportunities in our communities are more important than ever before,” said Dwayne Patterson, director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition to improve our physical and mental health and the vitality of our communities.”

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the state Division of Parks and Recreation and was established in 1994 by the N.C. General Assembly. 

Grant recipients and amounts are as follows:

NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Matching Grant Recipients: 
Selected by the Parks and Recreation Authority in August 2018

Local Government

County

Project

Grant Amount

Aulander

Bertie

Aulander Municipal Park

129,300

Benson

Johnston

Community Park Improvements

366,850

Black Mountain

Buncombe

Veterans Park

211,024

Bladenboro

Bladen

McLean Park Phase 2

200,595

Boiling Spring Lakes

Brunswick

Robert Muse Memorial Park Redevelopment

208,000

Brevard

Transylvania

Estatoe Greenway Property Acquisition

90,000

Bunn

Franklin

Bunn Community Park

31,000

Cajah's Mountain

Caldwell

Cajah's Mountain Town Park

43,575

Calabash

Brunswick

Calabash Waterfront Park

147,332

Concord

Cabarrus

Hector H. Henry II Greenway, Riverwalk Phase

350,000

Creedmoor

Granville

Creedmoor Community Center

500,000

Crossnore

Avery

Crossnore Town Park Improvements

5,000

Davidson

Davidson

Hughes Park Expansion

168,222

Elizabeth City

Pasquotank

Coast Guard Park Improvements

146,000

Elizabethtown

Bladen

Green's Lake & Conservation Park

500,000

Granville

Granville

Growth, Access and Play: Phase III at the GAP

300,000

Lake Lure

Rutherford

Rocky Broad River Park Acquisition

223,125

Morganton

Burke

Catawba River Soccer Complex, Phase 3

385,000

New Bern

Craven

Martin Marietta Park - Phase I

475,000

Ocean Isle Beach

Brunswick

Ocean Isle Beach Town Park

498,900

Pleasant Garden

Guilford

Pleasant Garden Community Center

352,000

Roanoke Rapids

Halifax

Chaloner Park Improvements

200,000

Salisbury

Rowan

Bell Tower Green

350,000

Tobaccoville

Forsyth

Village Park Land Acquisition

41,998

Watauga

Watauga

Middle Fork Greenway, Section 4

430,000

Wilkesboro

Wilkes

Accessible Recreation Facilities

153,920

Yancey

Yancey

Ray-Cort Park Improvement

250,000

 

 

Totals:  27 projects 

$6,756,841

 

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