Grant aims to level the ‘playing’ ground

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HAMPSTEAD/BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Better playgrounds are coming to two Pender County towns courtesy of a grant from Trillium Health Resources.  A spokesperson for Trillium says two new, accessible playgrounds at Hampstead Park in Hampstead and Pender Memorial Park in Burgaw will be built in the coming year.   The company says the Towns just received $550,000 after applying for the agency’s Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.

According to project manager Amy Corbitt, Hampstead and Burgaw are two of 25 communities receiving playground grants from Trillium, a local government agency that manages mental health, substance use and intellectual/developmental disability services in a 24-country area in eastern N.C.

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Trillium’s goat is to help communities across Trillium’s service area develop accessible playgrounds that allow people of all abilities to come together.

According to Trillium, additional grants have been or are being awarded over the next two weeks in the Town of Dover, New Hanover County, Town of Nags Head, Carteret County, Havelock, Onslow County, Wrightsville Beach, Pamlico County, Brunswick County, Ayden, and Swansboro. In September, during the agency’s first phase of Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds, grants were awarded in Ahoskie, Beaufort County, Greenville, Gates County, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Craven County, Currituck County, Bertie County, Camden County, and Tyrrell County.