North Carolina Construction News staff writer
The City of Greensboro has been awarded $4.4 million from the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Program (ORLP) for improvements to Nocho Park.
Officials say improvements are critical for the $75 million Windsor Chavis Nocho Community Complex, to integrate the existing recreation centre, Vance Chavis Library and Nocho Park. The overall project is still in the design development phase.
“This is truly a transformational project for the community and we are very grateful to Congresswoman Kathy Manning for her work to secure this important grant,” said Nasha McCray, assistant city manager. “This grant, in addition to the $50 million bond passed by voters in 2022, $8 million in federal pandemic relief money, and $15 million from Guilford County goes a long way to making this vision a reality.”
The grant will be used to:
- Replace existing restrooms
- Upgrade a multi-purpose field to regulation size
- Add a covered basketball pavilion
- Replace and relocate playground equipment with innovative nature play area
- Add an amphitheater
- Expand pathways to make them wider
- Increase parking availability
- Install relaxation areas with hammock poles
- Improve storm-water control devices
- Build seating, picnic tables, bench seating, shaded structures, and lighting throughout Nocho Park
“Historic Nocho Park in East Greensboro has long served as a pillar of the community,” Manning said. “I was proud to advocate for funding for the park and I’m thrilled to announce that, with this $4 million grant, the park will receive necessary updates so it can continue to be a community gathering place where people can congregate, stay active, and express themselves.”