Grant to fund new playground


Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NASHVILLE — A new accessible playground will be built in Nash County thanks to a grant from Trillium Health Resources.

Nash County received $750,000 after applying for the agency’s Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds. The county became eligible to receive the grant in July after it joined Trillium, the local government agency that manages services for mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities in a 25-county area in Eastern North Carolina.

A total of 30 sites received playground grants from Trillium. Funding for the Play Together grants is a result of savings from operating as a Medicaid Waiver Site, said Amy Corbitt, project manager with Trillium.

“By managing Medicaid funding and services locally, Trillium has been able to achieve cost efficiencies,” Corbitt said. “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 a productive, meaningful life,” Corbitt said. “Our members, 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.”

The Nash County Board of Commissioners purchased land earlier this year on Joyner Road, near Coopers Elementary School, for the new playground. County staff will work with Trillium to determine the design, select a vendor and choose appropriate equipment, said Jennifer Mackethan, communications and marketing director for Trillium.