The Umstead Coalition
Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area

NC Bond Passed March 2016, 2015 NC Legislative Session and NC State parks

03/09/2016 11:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

NC Bond Proposal Has $1.725 Million for Umstead State Park !!

The Bond passed by overwhelming majority of voters in March 2016 elections.

Thanks for everyone's support in contacting your legislatures -- because of YOU and the help of Friends of State Parks the Senators went from $0 to $75 Million for NC State Parks in this bond and the House passed the revised version.  All NC State Parks have projects, but the funding level was decreased from the requested total of $100 million.

The ratified bill:

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H943v7.pdf

In addition, the passed budget funded the Parks and Recreational Trust Fund.  No Park staff positions were lost (as was in some earlier budget versions). The legislature also include a provision that prevents NC State Parks from charging parking or entrance fees!

The budget also allows for 'dynamic pricing' meaning that the NC Division of Parks and Recreation (NC State Parks) has the ability to use market pricing strategies (e.g., charge less in non-peak times for a campsite or more for a lakefront campsite as compared to a third row).

The bill that proposed to transfer land from Umstead State Park to the RDU airport (for development) failed -- again, thanks for everyone's help getting that terrible idea defeated!!

Please join The Umstead Coalition and Friends of State Parks in thanking our NC Representatives and Senators for their vision to help NC State Parks!

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The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
 
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