Cunningham Recreation and GameTime are pleased to announce the funding recipients of the 2019 North Carolina Recreation and Park Association's Healthy Play and Recreation Initiative. Up to $2 million in matching funds will be given to local park and recreation agencies in North Carolina for the purchase of new playground systems. This is the first year for the funding and educational partnership between NCRPA, GameTime, Cunningham Recreation and PlayCore.
Each of the playgrounds that are funded by the initiative will be designated as National Demonstration Sites, and will contribute data to highlight best practices and outcomes achieved.
"We're excited to start this new chapter and help local communities put research into action," said Michelle Wells, Executive Director of NCRPA. "We had such an incredible amount of support from local agencies with this initiative, more than 120 people attended the professional development events in January and February. We look forward to seeing the impacting ripple effects in our communities! Congratulations to the 18 newly designated National Demonstration Sites in our state."
The following are the 2019 recipients and will be recognized at the 2019 Carolinas Joint Conference in September:
Bertie County Parks & Recreation
Buncombe County Recreation Services
Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation
Clayton Parks & Recreation
Davidson Parks & Recreation
Durham Parks and Recreation
Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Graham Recreation and Parks
Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Knightdale Parks, Recreation & Cultural Programs
Nashville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
Pine Springs Preparatory Academy
Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Scotland County Parks & Recreation
Town of Maysville
Washington Parks & Recreation
Watauga County Parks & Recreation
While the specific funding amounts for each of these projects will be determined once designs are completed and approved by the related agencies, up to $2 million in total funding will be matched.