Eli Whitney Playground – $35,000

Residents of the Eli Whitney community in rural, southern Alamance County don’t have convenient access to the same types of recreational facilities that urban residents do. For many years, though, Alamance County’s Department of Recreation and Parks Department has offered programs and activities for children and adults at the former Eli Whitney School gymnasium.

There has been playground on the site for about 20 years, says Recreation and Parks Director Brian Baker, but the playground equipment hasn’t been updated. Impact Alamance’s $35,000 grant, along with matching funds from the county, will allow a new playground with modern equipment to be built.

“We were really happy to be able to partner with Impact Alamance to make the facilities better,” Baker says. He notes that the facility will likely see increasing use as families from Saxapahaw, which is growing, look for places their children can play.