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PCPRA gets $1.5 million grant for land purchase, nature trail development

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority will receive $1.5 million for recreation complex improvements, including purchasing 35 acres and creating access to natural areas near the sports complex.

“To my recollection, this is the largest grant ever awarded to the PCPRA. It is the result of a couple years of relentless effort,” said PCPRA board chairman Chris Childress who was instrumental in moving forward with Pike County’s 10-year master plan under former director Kevin Teate. “Pike is blessed to have board member Matt Wood. Without him, this does not happen. I can not be more excited about the future of our park, as the PCPRA continues to actively pursue funding for park projects that promote a healthy Pike County.”

The PCPRA project will include the acquisition of 35 acres of woodland adjacent to the county’s sports recreation complex. This proposal will create nature-based recreation opportunities on a parcel that is currently inaccessible to park visitors and will include construction of a primitive hike-in campground, disc golf course, development of approximately one-mile of soft surface trail and bridge, addition of a fishing dock and bird blind. A lighted parking lot, trail amenities and educational signage will be installed.

 The project will also include removal of invasive species and replanting the area along the stream buffer with native plants to create wildlife habitat, and stabilization of a section of the stream bank to prevent erosion.

The 2023-24 Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program grants for conservation and outdoor recreation projects totaled $20.6 million for projects across the state. Selected applicants will advance to the second-level application, marking the final level of the application process for their proposals.  


“By supporting projects aimed at the acquisition, development and stewardship of local parks, trail systems and conservation areas, we are not only protecting the natural heritage but also enhancing the recreational opportunities for our communities. This investment will ensure that Georgians can continue to enjoy and connect with the outdoors for generations to come,” said DNR commissioner and chairman of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund Board of Trustees, Walter Rabon.


The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program is Georgia’s first source of dedicated funding for the conservation of priority lands, the stewardship of state parks and wildlife management areas, and the support of local parks and trails. The competitive 2023-2024 grant cycle produced 34 submissions requesting a total of $63 million dollars in funding. Eligible applicants included local governments, recreation authorities, state agencies and non-profit organizations. The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund Board of Trustees reviewed all projects and selected a slate of proposals, which was subsequently approved by the Board of Natural Resources and the Appropriations Subcommittees of the State House of Representatives and State Senate over DNR.

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