Recreation Upgrades the Topic of Public Meeting in Rocky Mount

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Parks to Host Public Meeting on Proposed Universal Playground and Disabled Veterans’ Fitness Area

Released by Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount

Citizens are invited to a public meeting, hosted by the city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department. The meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016, starting at 6pm, will be held to gather input from attendees on a proposed Universal All Children’s Playground and Disabled Veterans’ Fitness Area at Sunset Park.

The meeting is being held in the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin Yarrell, the playground and fitness area would be universally designed, which currently does not exist in the city’s parks system.

“In March 2016, the state of North Carolina’s Connect NC Bond package included $3 million dollars in grant funds available for communities in North Carolina to apply for disability upgrades and enhancements in parks,” says Yarrell. “The grant application also requires public input such as what citizens would like to see. The grant application would also include requested equipment for disabled veterans.”

December 1, 2016 is the application deadline. Parks and Recreation officials will be notified about the grant’s status by February 2017.

For more information on the upcoming meeting, contact Parks and Recreation at 252.972.1151.

To find out more about Connect NC and where the money goes, visit

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