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Program Partnerships

Partner with Us

Over the years, we have partnered with some wonderful projects and organizations. Here we highlight those partnerships and share the work we’ve been able to collaboratively achieve. Looking to partner with us? Please reach out to

National Fitness Campaign


In 2020, NCRPA announced $25,000 grants available to ten member organizations to support joining the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) and expanding it across North Carolina. The initiative, which included the installation of Fitness Courts®, aimed to provide outdoor fitness opportunities, especially amid pandemic-related gym closures. The grant covered a portion of the costs, with cities and sponsors contributing the rest. In March 2021, five grantees were announced, including Burlington Recreation & Parks, Indian Trail Parks & Recreation, Kernersville Parks & Recreation, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, and Elon University.


Nourishing NC - One Garden At A Time


Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and NCRPA partnered to establish a community garden in all 100 counties by the end of 2013. This initiative aimed to provide a sustainable source of healthy food statewide. Through the Nourishing North Carolina project, BCBSNC and NCRPA envisioned producing 190,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to supplement meals, increase daily consumption of produce for individuals, support food pantries and shelters, and provide physical activity through garden maintenance.




The PlayPrints program uses stencils created by Fit & Fun Playscapes, to create ground markings of colorful shapes, images and games painted on open pavement. By the fall of 2016, PlayPrints were available for play at 41 parks and recreation locations in NC. NCRPA was proud to collaborate with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) on this project. PlayPrints is part of BCBSNC’s Get Outside North Carolina! (GO NC!) program. GO NC! helps North Carolinians build healthy and active lifestyles through the advancement of greenway systems, increased access to public bicycles and the overall promotion of outdoor physical activity.

Track Trails  

Through a grant with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, NCRPA partnered with Kids in Parks to add Track Trails in local parks across our state.  Trails in local parks are designated Track Trails and provide activities for engagement and learning while being physically active.

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