Gov. Cooper: Funding coming to Eastern Carolina parks

Emma Webb Park in Kinston
Emma Webb Park in Kinston(Kinston Teens)
Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 4:18 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2022 at 10:11 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that more than $17 million in grants is going to 39 local parks and recreation projects across North Carolina.

Local communities, including several in Eastern Carolina, applied for grants to fund land expansion, development, and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The Eastern Carolina areas receiving funding can be seen below:

  • Craven County: Craven County Nature Park ($500,000)
  • Greene County - Snow Hill: Splash Pad Recreation Facility ($300,000)
  • Lenoir County - Kinston: Emma Webb Park ($500,000)
  • Nash County: Miracle Park and Coopers - Phase 2 ($425,000)
  • Onslow County: Hines Farm Park ($393,875)

“Our parks and recreation areas are so valuable to our communities and they’ve become more popular than ever,” Cooper said. “These projects we’re funding today will give people even more opportunities in North Carolina to build healthier and happier lives.”

The City of Kinston released renderings of the project at Emma Webb Park on Tuesday. In addition to the grant, the City Council has allocated $500,000 from the American Rescue Plan funds to match the state’s contribution.

Renderings show renovation plans for Emma Webb Park in Kinston
Renderings show renovation plans for Emma Webb Park in Kinston(Kinston Teens)

“Emma Webb Park is an important fixture of the Kinston community and is right in the center of our city,” explained Council Member Chris Suggs. “One of my proudest accomplishments has been steering the development and adoption of the Emma Webb Park Master Plan, and now seeing that plan start to come into fruition.”

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority says it will also fund several capital projects at Hammock’s Beach State Park in Onslow County.

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