39 communities receive funding for park expansion and restoration projects

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The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) will award more than $17 million in grants to 39 local parks and recreation projects across the state.

In addition to the local grants program, the authority allocated $5.7 million to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation for land acquisitions at Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County and Lake James State Park in Burke and McDowell Counties. It will also fund several capital projects at Hammock’s Beach State Park (Onslow County), Morrow Mountain State Park (Stanly County) and William B. Umstead State Park (Wake County).

“Our parks and recreation areas are so valuable to our communities and they’ve become more popular than ever,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement. “These projects we’re funding today will give people even more opportunities in North Carolina to build healthier and happier lives.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas.

The Authority considered 49 local grant applications requesting $20.9 million in total. The maximum grant awarded for a single project was $500,000 and applicants must match funds dollar-for-dollar for the awarded amount.

Funded projects include:

  • $500,000 – Holden Beach Pier renovation, Brunswick County
  • $443,000 – Osgood Canal Greenway development, Pender County
  • $500,000 – Community Center North, Wake County
  • $500,000 – Hampstead Kiwanis Park phase 4, Pender County
  • $500,000 – Northern Park Development, Pasquotank County
  • $500,000 – Calabash Waterfront Park, Brunswick County
  • $397,000 – Wrightsville Beach Park facility improvements, New Hanover County

Local grants are awarded annually by the Authority at their quarterly meeting in August.

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