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North Carolina Communities Receive $3.3 Million to Improve, Expand Outdoor Rec Opportunities

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Roy Cooper, Governor
D. Reid Wilson, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Phone: 
919-707-9350

North Carolina Communities Receive $3.3 Million to Improve, Expand Outdoor Rec Opportunities

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recommended 12 local community projects to the National Park Service for grant funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is a federal matching grant program to improve and develop outdoor recreation opportunities. To date, 11 projects have received approval:

Applicant

County

Project Congressional District

Project Type

Project Name

Grant Funds Requested

Carolina Beach

New Hanover

7th

Renovation

Lake Park Playground

$175,000

Concord

Cabarrus

8th

Renovation

Marvin Caldwell Park

$498,960

Gaston Co.

Gaston

5th

Renovation

Dallas Park Improvements

$160,276

Hookerton

Greene

3rd

Renovation

Hookerton Recreation and Greenway  Development

$187,640

Johnston Co.

Johnston

7th

Acquisition

Greater Cleveland Park and Open Space

$500,000

Kernersville

Forsyth

6th

Renovation

Civitan Fitness Park

$500,000

Liberty

Randolph

6th

Renovation

Freedom Park Revitalization

$150,000

Pineville

Mecklenburg

12th

Acquisition

Lake Drive Property

$175,000

Raleigh

Wake

4th

Acquisition

Hare Snipe Creek Greenway

$186,575

Rocky Mount

Nash

2nd

Renovation

Battle Park Renovation

$500,000

Williamston

Martin

1st

Renovation

Gaylord Perry Park

$274,428

       

TOTAL

$3,307,879

 
The National Park Service, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), reviews and approves the project applications recommended by DPR. In addition to these eleven projects, one additional project received conditional approval pending further environmental review.

LWCF monies are apportioned to the states each fiscal year. These projects will be funded with the LWCF funds allocated to N.C. for 2019. The LWCF received full and dedicated funding in the Great American Outdoors Act in 2020. North Carolina’s LWCF funds for 2020 and 2021 are $5.3 million and $7.1 million respectively, which will be shared by state parks and local governments across the state.

The LWCF is a primary federal funding source of the DOI for outdoor recreation development and land acquisition by local governments and state agencies. In North Carolina, the program is administered by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Since 1965, the LWCF State Assistance Program has provided $4.1 billion in matching grants for over 40,000 projects. Grants have supported the purchase and protection of more than 3 million acres of recreation lands. North Carolina has received more than 900 grants through LWCF since the fund’s creation. 

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 250,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19.8 million visitors annually.
 
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
 
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, three science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 41 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, and the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.
 
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