Governor Cooper announced that 16 local parks and recreation projects would be awarded nearly $5 million in grants. The funds will come from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, WNCT reports.
“Local parks and greenways have been a safe place for North Carolinians to relax, exercise, and improve their quality of life during the stress of the pandemic,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a press release. “These grants will add and expand parks, trails, and recreational facilities to communities across our state, creating opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s natural beauty.”
The N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority picked the 16 recipients out of more than 60 applications. WNCT reports that the Authority must allocate 30% of its funding to local government projects such as these each year.
“From our most rural areas to our largest towns and cities, Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grants inject new life into our communities and continue to benefit these areas for generations,” Susi Hamilton, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, said.