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Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grants Will Fund Projects Across North Carolina

 
Posted on Friday, January 14, 2022
 

PRESS RELEASE 
January 14, 2022

Ocean Isle Beach Awarded $395,289 for Town Center Park Phase 2!

RALEIGH, N.C.
– The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources announced that the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Authority has approved $28.6 million in capital improvement projects and land acquisitions for state parks and an additional $13.6 million in grants to fund 41 local parks and recreation projects across the state.

The second round of local grants this fiscal year was made possible in November with the recently enacted state budget’s allocation of an additional $101 million to PARTF to support state and local parks projects, for a total of $135 million over two years. The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority had previously approved an initial 14 local grants for the year in September 2021 using its recurring annual appropriation.

“The new state budget’s increased funding for parks and recreation will make more recreational opportunities available across the state,” said Reid Wilson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “As we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic, North Carolina families need more parks, trails, greenways, and facilities to get outside and active.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition and development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The maximum grant awarded for a single project under the program was $500,000. Awardees must match funds at least dollar-for-dollar for the awarded amount.

“These grants will help us continue making outdoor recreation opportunities available to more people in all areas of the state,” Wilson continued. “Outdoor activity produces important physical and mental health benefits that are essential for quality of life. The members of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority and State Parks staff did excellent work in delivering these benefits to communities so soon after the budget became law.”

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the state’s Division of Parks and Recreation.  

At the Jan. 6 meeting, $23.1 million was approved for capital and maintenance projects at Kerr Lake and Fort Fisher Recreation Areas and Hammocks Beach, Morrow Mountain, Medoc Mountain, Eno River, Mayo River, Carvers Creek, Chimney Rock and Stone Mountain State Parks. 

The Authority also approved $5.5 million for land acquisitions at Baker’s Lake State Natural Area and Elk Knob, Eno River, Hanging Rock, Mount Mitchell, Morrow Mountain, Stone Mountain, and William B. Umstead State Parks.


The projects include:

·        $90,000 for fishing pier restoration and repairs at Carvers Creek State Park (Cumberland County)

·        $400,000 for restroom renovations at Chimney Rock State Park (Rutherford County)

·        $250,000 for beach access boardwalk repairs at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (New Hanover County)

·        $1 million to fund Recreational Trails Program projects (statewide)

Land acquisitions include:

·        $1.1 million for lands west of the peak area at Elk Knob State Park (Watauga County)

·        $700,000 for a western addition to Morrow Mountain State Park (Stanly County)

·        $850,000 for a large ridge that dominates the vista from the campground at Stone Mountain State Park (Wilkes and Alleghany counties)

·        $553,000 for a tract in Orange County to join Eno River State Park

Nov. 19, 2021 PARTF meeting local grant recipients and amounts are as follows:

Grantee

County

Project Name

Funds Awarded

Asheboro

Randolph

Zoo City Sportsplex

$500,000

Beaufort County

Beaufort

Wright's Creek Phase II

$249,895

Belmont

Gaston

Belmont Recreation Center

$500,000

Blowing Rock

Watauga

Memorial Park Enhancement

$500,000

Bogue

Carteret

Bogue Town Park

$263,000

Cabarrus County

Cabarrus

Rob Wallace Park Expansion

$100,000

Canton

Haywood

Chestnut Mountain Park

$500,000

Clay County

Clay

Clay County Sports Complex

$500,000

Concord

Cabarrus

Marvin Caldwell Park

$400,000

Denton

Davidson

Harrison Park Community Center with Amenities

$400,000

Elk Park

Avery

Jumping Pillow & Basketball Renovation (Lucille Winters Park)

$26,136

Fair Bluff

Columbus

Riverside Park Acquisition

$392,500

Forest City

Rutherford

Park Square Depot

$450,000

Forsyth County

Forsyth

Belews Lake Park

$500,000

Greenville

Pitt

Wildwood Park

$481,350

Henderson

Vance

Williams & Montgomery Street Park

$357,497

High Point

Guilford

City Lake Park Phase I Renovations

$500,000

Hildebran

Burke

New Town Park Development

$289,700

Jacksonville

Onslow

City of Jacksonville Marina

$110,000

Jones County

Jones

Brock Mill Pond Enhancement

$400,000

Lawndale

Cleveland

Lawndale Park

$415,000

Lee County

Lee

Kiwanis Children's Park Phase II

$209,000

Lumberton

Robeson

Pennington Complex - Phase III

$400,000

Madison

Rockingham

Madison River Park

$241,440

Mooresville

Iredell

Liberty Park Renovation

$500,000

Oak Ridge

Guilford

Whitaker Park

$490,000

Ocean Isle Beach

Brunswick

Town Center Park Phase II

$395,289

Perquimans County

Perquimans

Perquimans Recreation Park Tennis Courts

$65,600

Ramseur

Randolph

Deep River State Trail and Blueway

$128,922

Randleman

Randolph

Stout Street Park Improvements

$354,991

Rowan County

Rowan

Woodleaf Community Park Phases I & II

$354,346

Shallotte

Brunswick

Price Park Landing at Mulberry Park

$500,000

Shelby

Cleveland

Shelby Rail Trail Depot Park Segment - Phase I

$420,000

Simpson

Pitt

Simpson Walking Trail Improvements

$22,500

Spruce Pine

Mitchell

Brad Ragan Park Improvements

$100,000

Tabor City

Columbus

Tabor City Athletic Complex

$500,000

Wake County

Wake

Beech Bluff County Park

$425,000

Waynesville

Haywood

Richland Creek Park and Greenway

$232,750

Wilkes County

Wilkes

Bathhouse and Picnic Shelter (River's Edge Park)

$191,194

Wilkesboro

Wilkes

Cub Creek Park Expansion

$256,250

Youngsville

Franklin

Luddy Park Renovation

$29,223

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$13,651,583


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