Last updated: December 16. 2013 12:52PM - 1860 Views
Christina Day Staff Writer cday@civitasmedia.com



A portion of the Lansing Creeper Trail Park which will undergo expansion thanks to a N.C. Parks and Recreation Grant.
A portion of the Lansing Creeper Trail Park which will undergo expansion thanks to a N.C. Parks and Recreation Grant.
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The town of Lansing has been awarded a $500,000 matching grant by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for expansion of the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.


Ann Rose, project manager for nonprofit organization Great Lansing Area Development (GLAD) said the Lansing Town Park Expansion will raise more than half a million dollars in matching funds, in part through donated infrastructure and in part through fundraising efforts.


Rose said the Town of Lansing, the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department and GLAD are all working together on the three-year project to raise the funds necessary to match the grant.


With an eye on sustainability, the park will have three floating water wheels in the creek that will generate energy to be sold back to the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative. The revenue will go into an account to pay for future park maintenance.


Plans for the park include extending the existing walking trails by three quarters of a mile, constructing a one-acre dog park, nature trails and mountain bike trails.


The grant will allow for the addition of 30 primitive campsites with grills and firepits, and showers and restrooms at the campsites.


Existing structures in the park will be converted into a second stage for the Ola Belle Reed Festival held in Lansing each August.


“I’m really looking forward to working with all of the volunteers in town to make this happen,” Rose said, “This is just one of the things that we’re working on to make Lansing a destination town for visitors.”


A press release from the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund said that 73 applications were considered and 14 local governments were awarded a combined $4.4 million in grant funds.

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