Benson has been named a Playful City USA for the third time.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.
The Benson Parks and Recreation Department provides youth and adult sports programs throughout the year: soccer and Pop Warner football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball, softball and girls’ volleyball in the spring. Cheerleading and self-defense classes are ongoing throughout the year.
In addition to sports, Parks and Recreation hosts the Easter Eggstravaganza, outdoor summer movies in the Singing Grove, summer camps, a July 4 celebration and the Fall Fun Fest.
Community playgrounds are located at the Benson Civic Center on North Johnson Street, the Signing Grove, the Mitchell Nance Athletic Complex and the newly constructed Dr. P.K. Vyas Community Park.
In 2014, the town used grant money to purchase outdoor exercise equipment for Vyas Community Park.
“We want to provide both active and passive play spaces for all ages and abilities in our community,” said Matt Smith, parks and recreation director.
The town enlisted the N.C. State University School of Design to create a master plan in 2014 for the Lee Street property where Community Park is located. The plan calls for active and passive play spaces, additions, renovation of the gymnasium, a cafe and library.