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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2006

Armstrong New Director of Recreation Resources Service

RALEIGH --Pete Armstrong, longtime director of the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, has been named director of Recreation Resources Service effective Feb. 15, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Recreation Resources Service is a technical assistance program offered through a cooperative partnership between the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation and the N.C. State University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

Through five regional offices, RRS consultants help administer the grant programs for local governments of the state's Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The consultants advise local governments on the grant application process and grant project management.

RRS supports local government parks and recreation programs through conceptual park planning, playground safety training, citizen advisory board services and continuing education opportunities. The program also conducts special studies for government agencies and communities.

"Pete brings with him a wealth of experience in marketing, partnership development and planning," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "The state and local governments will share the benefits of that experience and innovative thinking as we work to strengthen and expand the already outstanding services provided by Recreation Resources Services."

Armstrong is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and joined the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department in 1978 as a community center supervisor. Under his leadership, the department expanded to eight divisions, added four parks and increased parkland to more than 520 acres. Its innovative facilities include the Rocky Mount Sports Complex, the three-mile Tar River Trail, the restored Stith-Talbert and Sunset parks and the Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences.

He is a member of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Association and the National Parks and Recreation Association.