Bakersville, county receives ‘Kids in Parks TRACK Trail’ grant
BAKERSVILLE – The town of Bakersville, in partnership with Mitchell County Recreation, is the recipient of an $8,000 “Kids in Parks TRACK Trail” grant for the Bakersville Creekwalk.
Kids in Parks is a network of hiking, biking, paddling and disc golf trails outfitted with free activity guides for children and families.
The mission behind TRACK Trails is encouraging children to be physically active and help them build meaningful connections with nature. In turn, these goals help inspire the next generation of stewards, who will care for all public lands.
Each Trails, Ridges, Activities and Connections for Kids, or TRACK, has a series of self-guided brochures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled, discovery-packed adventure. The guides encourage children to truly engage with the outdoors by identifying trees and birds, viewing the forest from the perspective of animals, and searching for natural features, among other fun activities.
The ease of the hikes and educational materials provide a positive introduction to outdoor activities. Children can record their adventures at KidsinParks.com to earn prizes and plan more adventures.
Kids in Parks was started in 2008 by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in North Carolina. Today it has trails in 10 states, including Virginia and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.
Installation begins in the next few months.