RALEIGH — Two parks and recreation departments within Union County have received a combined $775,000 for projects from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PAFTF), according to a report from the office of Governor Roy Cooper.

The Town of Waxhaw is receiving $425,000 in grant money for the Waxhaw Downtown Park project, and the Town of Marshville is getting $350,000 for the Stegall Lake Property project.

There were 14 parks and recreation departments across the state that received a combined $5,185,071, according to the Governor’s Office.

The N.C.Parks and Recreation Authority, which allocates money through the Trust Fund, approved the grants during a Sept. 24 meeting.

“The local parks and recreation projects funded by these grants are especially important this year as the public use of parks, trails, and greenways has increased during the pandemic,” Gov. Cooper said in a statement. “These projects will give families additional healthy options to get active and outdoors close to home.”

Local communities applied for the grants to fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. Each year, the Authority is required to allocate 30% of PARTF’s total funding to local government projects.