Partnershp To Build A Miracle receives state grant
The Town of Smithfield was awarded a $350,000 NC Parks & Recreation Trust Fund Grant today for the Partnership to Build a Miracle project, which will build a Miracle League Baseball Field and an Inclusion Park for exceptional needs children and the entire community, at Smithfield Community Park. The grant is the fifth PARTF award given to Smithfield in the past 19 years.
There were 64 local governments/projects that applied for $17+ million and only $4.1 million was on hand to be awarded. Smithfield ranked #8 in scoring and was the #7 project out of 17 to get funded.
"The inclusion park is yet another combination of facilities that will have a huge positive impact on the quality of life of all citizens in the area. There is not another park in Johnston County that will have these types of much- needed facilities for the public, especially for the underserved population of exceptional-needs kids," said Tim Johnson, director of Smithfield Parks and Recreation. There are at least 4,500 special-needs children in Johnston County.
The Smithfield Town Council agreed to donate the land at Community Park for the field and playground. The Partnership to Build a Miracle has now raised $825,000 and can begin construction later this summer.
"You will be blown away when you witness the impact this project will have on our community," Johnson said.
To see first-hand, visit www.pfcjc.org and click on video on the left side under “Partnership to Build a Miracle”
A consortium of volunteers, including Chris Key, Dwight Morris, Zach Thornton, Monty McLamb, and Beth Moore, have all had a hand in the fundraising efforts.