Pettigrew State Park in Washington and Tyrrell counties, about 75 miles northeast of Greenville, is to receive nearly $2 million for campground renovations through Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, or PARTF.
The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority, which oversees PARTF, recently approved $17.4 million to fund nine capital improvement projects and six land acquisitions for North Carolina state parks, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
The authority approved the funding during its meeting Nov. 4 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, the state announced Thursday.
“These land acquisition and park improvement projects will both expand our state parks system and repair and restore facilities and trails for the benefit of the people of North Carolina as well as visitors to our state,” N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary D. Reid Wilson said in a statement. “We are grateful to the General Assembly and Governor Cooper for providing significantly increased investments in the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund over the last two years.”
In addition to the $1.94 million for campground renovations at Pettigrew State Park, other capital improvement projects funded through the program include historic building renovations at Carvers Creek and Hanging Rock state parks, upgraded sewer systems at Chimney Rock State Park, and development of a trailhead and trail construction along the Northern Peaks State Trail at Elk Knob State Park.
Several of the approved projects will supplement Connect NC Bond projects at Carvers Creek, Grandfather Mountain, Pettigrew and Hanging Rock state parks. Connect N.C. Bond projects are state investments in public infrastructure such as state parks, community colleges and public safety.
Funding approved for park planning projects will fund management plans for state parks and the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Funding was also approved for repairs and renovations to state park facilities systemwide.
A total of $2.1 million was approved for land acquisition at five state parks. These include 215 acres that will connect two tracts at Mount Mitchell State Park, and 58 acres to connect Elk Knob State Park to Peak Mountain.
Amounts awarded and details on the projects are available online.