Earlier this year, the N.C. Parks and Recreation Authority Approved $13.7 Million for State Parks Capital Improvement Projects Across North Carolina.

None of those funds were earmarked for Kerr Lake. And what about the Connect NC bond money? What happened to that? The only improvements in any of the seven parks have come from the over-worked maintenance crews.

And, if you look at the list below, which is of greater important to you a disc golf course or more campsites with 50 AMP electric and water.

The $13.7 million will fund capital improvements projects at 11 state parks. The Authority approved the investments at its first quarterly meeting in 2023, held virtually on Jan. 9.

As usual, these decisions are made in a pseudo-open meeting where such decisions have already been made by the park staff.

Capital improvement projects funded include maintenance facility renovations at Carolina Beach, overlook and trail improvements at Crowders Mountain, a disc golf course at Falls Lake, family campground renovations at Hanging Rock, a new restroom at Mount Jefferson, and renovation of shower houses at Jordan Lake. But no Kerr Lake, which is at the top of all state parks in visitation.

Maybe the State of North Carolina considers those who visit Kerr Lake to be different than visitors at other parks.

The full list of approved funding. This years NC State Parks Capital Projects

Park Unit Project Description Funding Amount

Carvers Creek State Park Renovation of two structures at Sandhills access $200,000
Carolina Beach State Park Maintenance facility improvements $2,200,000
Crowders Mountain State Park Overlook and trail improvements $2,000,000
Falls Lake State Recreation Area Disc golf course $71,265
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area Repairs to beach access and boardwalks $500,000
Hanging Rock State Park Family campground renovations $3,000,000
Hammocks Beach and Carolina Beach state parks Dredging of Cow Channel at Hammocks Beach and marina at Carolina Beach $2,000,000
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Renovation and replacement of shower houses throughout the recreation area $1,500,000
Mayo River State Park Residence renovations $300,000
Mount Jefferson State Natural Area Restroom replacement $1,000,000

There is one way, and one way only, short of a public display of protest, to get more and better campsites at Kerr Lake’s NC State Recreation Areas.

That way is to constantly lay the parks’ needs at the feet of your state representative or state senator. And remind them, that you are a voter. They respond more quickly.

Pictured above – a campsite renovation by maintenance crews but without the 30 AMP to 50 AMP power upgrade.

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