RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The federal government said Raleigh’s extensive park system helped it earn the designation as a priority city as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” initiative.
The announcement was made on Monday at the Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park in North Raleigh.
The City of Raleigh Parks Department will get a big celebration from the federal government along with a check.
Along with the designation, the city is also getting a 5 million dollar grant from the American express foundation. Some of the money will be used to fund a coordinator position at a local YMCA.
In addition to funding a new position within the YMCA, some of the grant money will also go towards improving parks and outdoor spaces in the city.
The “Let’s Move Outside” initiative is dedicated to getting millions of kids across the nation to play, learn and stay active outdoors.
David Jayo, senior advisor to secretary of interior said, “Hopefully what people will see is more engagement, activation, and really connections to the outdoors. When you come to you parks you’re not only going to see that they’re well cared for but you’re also going to see that we’re preparing the next generation of leaders for the City of Raleigh.”