Hoffman Town Park Receives PARTF Grant
The Town of Hoffman is a rural town of 588 people with a poverty rate of 49.9% and no existing recreational amenities. The Town is family-focused, but due to financial constraints it has never been in a position to develop and fund its own park. The rate of children below the poverty level in the Town is 44.5%, more than twice the North Carolina state level of 22.2%. The lack of family-friendly activities creates challenges for local residents who must travel to other areas and counties to access recreational amenities.
McGill Associates presented Town administration with the opportunity to apply for funding through the North Carolina State Parks’ Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) which administers the program. With much to gain, the Town hired McGill Associates to design the first park for the Town on a 7-acre parcel of Town property that is surrounded by residential areas, and is within easy walking distance to most areas in Town. WR-Martin joined the team to assist with the community input survey, creation of a park master plan, and to provide grant writing services in order to craft a competitive application to submit to the PARTF authority board for consideration.
The Town was awarded an $80,000 grant from PARTF in the 2015-2016 cycle. With matching local funds, the Town can finally offer local public recreation at Hoffman Town Park, and residents won’t have to travel miles outside of Town to participate in recreational activities. This project will benefit the community by addressing public demand for specific types of recreational opportunities. Taking cues from the public input survey, park designers considered the highest priority amenities to include in the site plan which are a picnic area, walking trail, and playground.
The Town of Hoffman’s leadership is confident that creating the first local park will benefit the community in ways they can only begin to imagine and appreciate. From a social, health and wellness, and community perspective, this park will fill a void in the Town and be a positive draw for all generations of residents.