RALEIGH – State officials today announced the award of nearly $4.1 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to 17 local governments for parks and recreation projects.
The matching grants, awarded by the Parks and Recreation Authority, will help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The authority considered 64 grant applications requesting more than $17 million. A maximum of $500,000 can be awarded to a single project.
"Through the local grant program of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, state and local governments have been partners in providing open space, outdoor recreation opportunities and stimulus to local economies," said Mike Murphy, director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. "The result has been environmental stewardship, healthier citizens and improvements in the quality of life in North Carolina."
The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the state Division of Parks and Recreation and was established in 1994 by the N.C. General Assembly. The revenue is distributed to three programs: 65 percent to the state parks system for repairs, capital improvements and land acquisition; 30 percent for matching grants to local parks and recreation programs for development and land acquisition; and 5 percent to the coastal beach access program.
Since 1995, the Parks and Recreation Authority has received 1,489 grant applications with requests totaling about $324 million. The board has awarded 785 grants for $177 million.
The local governments receiving grants in the most recent cycle are: Mint Hill, which received $335,000 for the Brief Road land acquisition; Red Springs, which received $48,000 for land acquisition; Linden, which received $212,400 for Linden Park; Landis, which received $402,269 for the Lake Corriher Wilderness Area Park; Fairview, which received $317,550 for Fairview Park; Valdese, which received $215,600 for Downtown Park; Star, which received $47,500 for the Forks of Little River Passive Park; Plymouth, which received $353,800 for Wilson Street Park; Richlands, which received $65,734 for
Venters Park Redevelopment; Sims, which received $75,000 for the Sims Community Park; Belville, which received $160,897 for the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville; Warsaw, which received $300,000 for the Memorial Park Redevelopment; Elizabethtown, which received $215,000 for Leinwand Park; Raleigh, which received $250,000 for the Horse Shoe Farm Nature Preserve Park; Wilsons Mills, which received $250,000 for Wilsons Mills Community Park; Smithfield, which received $350,000 for Inclusion Park; Graham County, which received $500,000 for Graham County Park.