Parks & Recreation
Great Things Coming with New Grants Fund
The Town of Zebulon is excited to announce that we have been funded by the John Rex Endowment to fight the recent label of a "food desert." Staff will further efforts to create an environment and opportunities that promote healthy options in our community. Access to local fresh foods will increase by offering a Farmer's Market. Additional efforts will include the establishment of a Greenway Master Plan addressing the lack of pedestrian sidewalks and transportation challenges.
"The John Rex Endowment announces six three-year grants totaling more than $1.25 million to help municipalities in Wake County create healthier environments for children by increasing access to healthy foods and active living opportunities. Municipalities that will receive grant support include Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh and Zebulon.
The grant initiatives will vary in each municipality based on local needs to address food and play deserts, bridge barriers and improve connectivity with safe paths for biking and walking, support grower’s markets and grocery co-ops, improve signage and wayfinding, or implement other built environment changes that provide support to improve the health of children, families and communities in Wake County.
Active Living By Design (ALBD) will provide in-depth technical assistance throughout the grant period to all funded municipalities, and Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) will provide local expertise to support and connect the municipalities to existing community resources.
“Wake County’s municipalities are central to building healthier environments," said Kevin Cain, president and CEO of the John Rex Endowment. “These grant awards will support their work in community planning, improving and implementing policies, and making changes that fit their community needs and have a wide-scale impact on healthy eating and active living for children and families.”
The John Rex Endowment's investments in healthy weight, injury prevention, positive mental health and nonprofit capacity building are focused on bringing lasting change to help shape a healthy environment for children and families in Wake County.
About the John Rex Endowment: The John Rex Endowment supports an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives. Guided by the belief that all children should reach their full potential, the John Rex Endowment works with the community to support the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children. For more information, contact the Raleigh, N.C. office at 919-838-1110 or visit www.rexendowment.org."
The Town of Zebulon has been awarded medals recoginizing achievemnets in addressing Childhood Obesity through Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties. For more information about Let's Move visit www.healthycommunitieshealthyfuture.org.
Healthy Weight Grant
The Town of Zebulon has received a Healthy Weight grant of $92,476 from the John Rex Endowment in order to provide youth with challenging, contemporary play equipment that will engage them physically, socially and creatively at Whitley Park. In addition to new play equipment, the existing play structure will be made ADA accessible. We are aiming to have the project completed mid-December.
Exercise as Medicine
AHA and its partners in Eastern Wake County are launching a pilot project this fall with the help of seven physician practices in Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. They will dispense physical activity prescriptions to their patients who are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity.
While the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention reported last month that obesity rates declined slightly in 19 states, there was no change in North Carolina. With the ?Exercise as Medicine? project, AHA seeks to raise awareness in the Eastern Wake communities about how much physical activity adults and children should have each day, as well as information on where residents can be active affordably.
Physicians will dispense prescriptions for 60 minutes per day of physicalactivity for children and 30 minutes per day of physical activity for adults, along with a brochure featuring easy-to-read maps of places Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon where people can be active. The maps are also available in English and Spanish online and in print at the Parks and Recreation Departments and Chambers of Commerce in the three communities.
For more information visit www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org.
About Zebulon Parks & Recreation Department
The Town of Zebulon Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of active and passive leisure opportunities to Zebulon Citizens and residents of the Greater Zebulon Community. Quality of life for our community can be improved through participation in healthful living, fitness, athletics, arts, education, and social activity opportunities offered by Parks and Recreation staff. We are proud to provide these programs for youth, teens, adults, and senior citizens.The Zebulon Park System consists of 6 parks.
Facilities within these parks include:
- athletic fields
- athletic courts
- disc golf course
- picnic shelters
- open areas
- and natural areas
In October of 2009, the Town celebrated the grand opening of the Zebulon Community Center. Formerly home of the Eric Davis National Guard Armory, the Community Center underwent a complete renovation to create a soft and warm facility for our community to experience and enjoy recreational programs, exercise activities, arts and crafts, educational opportunities, and social gatherings.
The Zebulon Community Center is located at 301 S. Arendell Avenue. The Center is open from 7:00am until 8:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:00am until 4:00pm on Fridays. Programs and activities are often offered on Friday nights and Saturdays. Community Center space is also available for a variety of rentals.
As you browse through our website, our staff trusts you will find something that interests you. If you do not, please let us know! We welcome suggestions and involvement from our citizens and participants.