The Johnston County Visitors Bureau has awarded $70,700 in grants. The recipients are:
Benson Parks and Recreation Department – $16,000. The money will help a field house, with restrooms, a concession stand, score boxes and storage, at Dr. P.K. Vyas Community Park.
Archer Lodge Community Center – $4,200. The money will help purchase and install scoreboards for athletic fields.
Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation – $4,000. The money will continue lighting upgrades at The Clayton Center.
Friends of Bentonville Battlefield – $10,000. The money will help expand and improve the Civil War battleground’s interpretive trails. The working will include informative panels, markers and parking.
Ava Gardner Museum – $10,000. The money will help build a new glass exhibit case, allowing the museum to showcase more items for visitors and rotate collections and loans for longer periods of display.
Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center – $8,800. The money will help renovate the soccer and baseball fields at Smithfield Community Park. The work will include grading, irrigation and drainage repair.
Clayton Parks and Recreation Department – $8,000. The money will help add bicycle and pedestrian facilities at two trailheads and add signage making visitors aware of opportunities in Johnston County,
The Town of Clayton is the terminus of the Mountains to the Sea Trail, which stretches more than 50-miles from Clayton through Raleigh, and beyond. The town will upgrade two trail heads with bicycle and pedestrian facilities and install signage to make visitors aware of the opportunities surrounding them in Johnston County.
Tobacco Farm Life Museum – $9,700. The money will help make the museum more accessible to tour groups by opening up the lobby.
“Since 1987, when the Johnston County Tourism Authority was created, investing in the development of the tourism infrastructure of the county has been part of the organization’s vision,” said Donna Bailey-Taylor, executive director. “From the first board of directors until the present board, the commitment to support festivals and events with marketing funds, and capital grant money for bricks and mortar projects remains strong.”
Over the years, the Tourism Authority has awarded more than $1 million to build auditoriums, develop new museums, improve lighting on Interstate 95 interchanges, install gardens and renovate historic buildings.