North Carolina’s Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® recently employed a Placemaking Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to enhance Harnett County’s outdoor amenities for children with the creation of a Storybook Trail in Cape Fear Shiner County Park.
RRAR worked with Harnett County Parks & Recreation, the Harnett County Library, and Raleigh Sign Design to create the trail’s infrastructure and design materials for the project. The feature places pages from a children’s book along the half-mile, 16-stop trail to encourage children to read and enjoy healthy outdoor activities simultaneously. The first book selected for the trail was A House for Hermit Crab by noted children’s author Eric Carle, who died in May.
“It has already gone a long way in building relationships with the members we have in that area and introduced us to local leaders,” says Melissa Kolodziej, RCE, AHWD, C2EX, director of community relations for the association.
“REALTORS® live, work, and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” adds Brett Bushnell, 2021 RRAR president. “Placemaking helps foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities. It helps people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and commit to making things better.”