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

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Thursday, October 2, 2008

State Parks Seeks Public Input on Recreation Facilities

RALEIGH -- The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is asking North Carolinians what types of outdoor recreation facilities they would most enjoy as existing and new state parks are developed during the next five years.

An online survey will be conducted through Nov. 7 as part of the state parks system's development of a new five-year system-wide plan. The survey can be found linked from the home page of the division's Web site at

The 1987 State Parks Act requires five-year plans for the state parks system to efficiently meet its mission of outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education and to spot trends in the use of the state parks. The survey asks participants about the types of campgrounds, trails and boating and recreation amenities they would most often use and seeks opinions about priorities for the state parks system.

North Carolina has 33 state parks and four state recreation areas as well as several state natural areas that are open to the public. Those include five new state parks under development through the division's New Parks for a New Century initiative launched in 2001.