Creekside Park Playground a Reality

Craven County Recreation and Parks to build accessible playground with grant from Trillium Health Resources

A new, accessible playground at Creekside Park will be built in New Bern in the coming year, thanks to a grant from Trillium Health Resources (Trillium). The County received $750,000 on September 10, 2015, after applying for the agency’s Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.

New Bern is one of 11 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. Funding for the Play Together grants is a result of savings from operating as a Medicaid 1915 (b)(c) Waiver Site.

“By managing Medicaid funding and services locally, Trillium has been able to achieve cost efficiencies in the past year,” said Amy Corbitt, project manager, Research and Development, Trillium. “We are so pleased to be able to take those savings and invest them back into the communities we serve.”

Reinvestment dollars were allocated to help communities across Trillium’s service area develop accessible playgrounds that allow young people of all abilities to come together.

“Within the scope of our services, we see how community and camaraderie help create productive, meaningful life,” continued Corbitt. “Our enrollees, both families and individuals, benefit from a connection to others. These playgrounds will do just that – encourage people of all abilities to come together without many of the hindrances they face in daily life.”

Additional grants have been or are being awarded over the next two weeks in Ahoskie, Greenville, Gates County, Beaufort County, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Currituck County, Bertie County, Camden County, and Tyrrell County.

For more information, visit 1708 East Arlington Blvd., Greenville, NC or call 866-988-2597.

Above information provided by:  Georgia Claxton, Creative Services Director, Trillium Health Resources

Additional information about new playground at Creekside Park:

Craven County Recreation & Parks Department is in the planning process of developing an inclusive playground at Creekside Park.  This new playground will be a place where everyone can play and play together.  Our department received a Play Together Construction Grant in August 2015 in the amount of $750,000 from Trillium Health Resources.

Additional sponsors include Craven County, The Harold Bate Foundation, Carolina East Foundation, Craven County Community Foundation, Craven County Health Department and the New Bern Civitans. All totaled we will have over $875,000 to build a playground for everyone at Creekside Park.

Some of the features we will incorporate are areas for 2 – 5 year olds, 6 – 12 year olds and the poured rubber surfacing which makes maneuvering around the playground much easier.  Additional highlights will include lots of shading and seating for both parents and kids alike.  Consideration of the infrastructure is part of the planning process as well.  Parking and sidewalks are being considered to make the entrance into the playground area easier.

Timeline for the project is remove old equipment and order new in December 2015 – January 2016.  Prepare grounds for new playground in January – February 2016.  Build new playground in March – April 2016.

For more information on the new playground visit our website or email Billy Wilkes.

Additional information provided by: Billy Wilkes, Assistant Director, Craven County Recreation and Parks

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