Yadkin County wins grants for special needs parks

Staff Report

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has announced $3 million in grants to fund local parks and recreation projects designed for children and veterans with disabilities and Yadkin County will be among the recipients.

The grants are part of the $2 billion Connect NC Infrastructure Bond program approved by voters in 2016. The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority selected 18 projects across North Carolina to receive grants at its meeting March 3 at William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh.

“Parks contribute to the health and well being of our communities and are an important resource for all people, including those with special needs,” Cooper said in announcing the grants. “These projects will give children and veterans with disabilities more opportunities to enjoy our parks.”

Yadkin County was awarded two grants — $41,580 for Lance Corporal Daniel Swaim Playground and $43,020 for Yadkin Memorial Park – Universal Design Improvements.

Local communities applied for the grants to fund development and renovation of public park and recreation areas for children and military veterans with special needs. The N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority considered 45 grant applications requesting nearly $9.5 million. The maximum grant for a single project under the program was $500,000. Awardees are required to provide matching funds equal to a minimum of 25 percent of the grant.

“The financial support requested by these local governments is a strong indication of the tremendous need for providing facilities for those with disabilities,” said Mike Murphy, director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “The projects that did not receive funding from this program will be eligible for other grants from the trust fund.”

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.

Staff Report