WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded the Kids in Parks TRACK Trails Grant for E. Carroll Joyner Park. Located at 701 Harris Road, the park is one of only 10 in central North Carolina chosen to receive the grant.
The Kids in Parks program works with partners throughout the country to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by increasing physical activity and engaging families in outdoor adventures that foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.
Kids in Parks began through a need to combat two common ailments facing today’s young people: childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder.
Kids in Parks provides a network of self-guided, kid- and family-friendly hiking trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “unplugged,” outdoors and reconnected with nature for their health and the health of our parks. Each TRACK
Trail provides a series of brochure-led adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure.
Kids who participate in the program and register their hikes at kidsinparks.com earn incentives designed to keep them motivated to explore nature.
An opening celebration will be scheduled for later this year.
For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Urban Forester Evan Keto at 919-435-9565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.