Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Additional $1.87 Million in Grants Awarded for Local Parks and Recreation Projects

Nov 14, 2023

Six additional local parks and recreation projects across the state will receive grants totaling nearly $1.9 million through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced. The N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority selected the recipients Nov. 3.

The Authority selects PARTF grant recipients annually at its August meeting, and this year, 19 recipients were funded through a continuing resolution. After the state budget was finalized this fall, this year’s PARTF allocation amounted to a total of $10.4 million.

“We are grateful to the General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper for their continued support of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund,” said D. Reid Wilson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “This year’s allocation allowed us to fund six more projects from local governments, bringing this year’s total to 25 projects to benefit our residents, visitors, and future generations.”

The additional recipients were selected from the 52 grant applications for fiscal year 2023-2024. Local communities applied for grants to fund land acquisition, development, and renovation of public parks and recreation areas. Local municipalities and counties receive 30% of PARTF’s total funding. Each project can receive up to $500,000, which must be matched dollar-for-dollar.

“The applications we received this year requested a total of more than $21 million, highlighting the need for and importance of parks and recreation facilities across the state,” said Division Director Brian Strong. “We are very fortunate that our legislators and governor share our commitment to improving communities and the quality of life of North Carolinians in conservation and outdoor recreation and education.”

Additional grant recipients and award amounts are as follows:

Applicant County Project Name Funds Awarded
Jonesville Yadkin Double Bluff Recreation Area $500,000
Lansing Ashe Creeper Trail Park Additions $252,500
Marvin Union Village Hall Park $500,000
Nashville Nash J.W. Glover Park $316,380
Seven Devils Watauga The Park at Seven Devils $250,000
Walnut Cove Stokes London Park $61,000
6 awards Total   $1,879,880

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 250,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 19 million visitors annually.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit https://www.dncr.nc.gov/.

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