As part of the 10-Minute Walk campaign which aims to address the fact that one in three Americans don’t have a park within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of home, the City of Bennettsville was selected to receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
The grant funding will be used to support city planning and policy efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks, close-to-home parks and public green space. Bennettsville Mayor Heath Harpe is a proud participant in the 10-Minute Walk campaign, led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
One of 10 communities selected to receive this grant funding, Bennettsville currently has 28% of people living within a 10-minute walk of a park.
The City of Bennettsville will utilize the grant funds to develop a park master plan, including enhancements to existing parks and creation of additional recreational sites. This park master plan will be added to the city's comprehensive plan that is currently being updated.
The grant funding provided by NRPA will help strengthen these efforts and provide access to a variety of tools and resources, including NRPA’s Park Metrics, TPL’s Park Serve® and ULI’s Advisory Services.
The grant will also assist in finding additional funding to make the plan a reality.