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November 21, 2022
The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority, which oversees the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF), recently approved $17.4 million to fund nine capital improvement projects and six land acquisitions for North Carolina state parks, according to the NC Division of Parks and Recreation approved. The board approved the investments at its November 4 meeting at the Asheville State Arboretum.
“These land acquisition and park improvement projects will both expand our state park system and repair and restore facilities and trails for the benefit of the people of North Carolina and those who visit our state,” said NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary D Reid Wilson. “We are grateful to the General Assembly and Governor Cooper for providing significantly increased investment in the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund over the past two years.”
Funded capital improvement projects include renovations of historic buildings at Carvers Creek and Hanging Rock State Parks, campground renovations at Pettigrew State Park, upgraded sewage systems at Chimney Rock State Park, and development of a trailhead and construction of a trail along the Northern Peaks State Trail Elk Knob State Park. Funding approved for park planning projects is intended to fund state park management plans and the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. System-wide funding has also been approved for repairs and renovations to state park facilities.
A total of $2.1 million has been approved by the Board for land acquisitions in five state parks. This includes 215 acres that will connect two tracts of land in Mount Mitchell State Park and 58 acres to connect Elk Knob State Park to Peak Mountain.
Several of the approved projects will complement Connect NC Bond projects. These include projects at Carvers Creek, Grandfather Mountain, Pettigrew and Hanging Rock State Parks.
The full list of approved financings for fiscal year 2022-2023:
land acquisition projects