Faison Fosters Fitness

Their World: Faison, Duplin/Sampson Counties

How They Shaped It: When was the last time you drove over 30 minutes to take a walk in a park? Some Faison residents were willing to do just that in order to enjoy the natural beauty of their small-town park. Concerns over insufficient lighting and the lack of a walking track, however, caused loyal enthusiasts to visit the park less frequently. To address these concerns, the Parks and Recreation Department secured a grant for a Recreation Center and added equipment that would inspire residents to visit more regularly.

Their Successes:

  • Visitation rose because of the new walking track, recreation center, tennis courts and gym
  • Improved lighting, benches, signs, a safety barrier, painted crosswalks and speed bumps helped residents feel safer