North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 29
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.
In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.
Back in July I wrote about Mitchell County, NC and highlighted some interesting facts about Mt. Mitchell. Over the weekend learned some new facts about a previous topic.
As North Carolina celebrates it 100th anniversary of having state parks I was happy to read about parts of CONNECT NC being used to expand and improve Mt. Mitchell.
On Friday August 26th Governor Pat McCrory and Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz visited Mount Mitchell State Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of North Carolina’s state parks and highlight the Connect NC bond investments in Mount Mitchell and 44 other state parks.
The governor also applauded the announcement that the state has worked with a national conservation group to more than double the size of the state park.
Mount Mitchell, which opened in 1916, currently occupies 1,996 acres. A new addition to the park will add 2,744 acres.
In 2015, state parks hosted a record-setting 17.3 million visitors. If the current trend continues through 2016, that record is likely to be surpassed.