A public meeting of the Lansing community will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department, where town officials and the Greater Lansing Area Development Committee (GLAD) will discuss plans for phase two of the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.
According to GLAD Project Manager Ann Rose, an N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant is being applied for to help fund expansion of the park, which currently features a paved walking trail, playground and bandstand.
The grant money will be used to purchase the 10-acre hayfield adjacent to the park known as Roop’s Bottom, and to pay for park infrastructure. An extended walking trail and raised-bed community garden space are on the list of pending improvements, she said.
Rose said the town is also hoping to purchase an additional 34 acres of woodland across Big Horse Creek for an eventual Lansing Creeper Trail Park phase three.
A stipulation of the grant is that a public meeting be held to assess community support for the proposed park development. The application must be completed by Jan. 31, Rose said.
The PARTF grant “provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public,” according to the N.C. State Parks Website, www.ncparks.gov.
An exact figure of Lansing’s available funds to be matched by the grant is not available at this time, Rose said.
“We encourage the people of Lansing and the greater Lansing area to come on in,” she said. “We need their input and support to make this happen.”
Under terms of the grant, once the new parcel is dedicated as park space, it must remain a park in perpetuity.