fund for haywood county

From left to right is Carol Peterson, advisory board member with The Fund for Haywood County, Nyda Bittmann-Neville, advisory board member with The Fund for Haywood County, Elizabeth Teague, town planning director and Rhett Langston, town parks and recreation director.

The Town of Waynesville recently received a grant for $14,150 from the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund to install playground equipment in Chestnut Park, as part of a multi-year approach to develop an under-utilized property as public park space for neighbors and the general public.

“With the help of the Medford Fund two years ago, the Town was able to replace and restore picnic amenities and grills, install landscaping and benches and to generally clean-up and beautify the park in the last two years,” explained Elizabeth Teague. "Now, with this year’s grant, we will be purchasing playground equipment.”

The Town coordinated park improvements with Haywood Waterways.

The Pigeon River Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and Clean Water Management Trust Fund grants were used to stabilize the stream-banks and improve the water quality of the creek that runs through the park and is adjacent to the picnic area.

Rhett Langston added, “Our goal is to create a beautiful green space and park that everyone can enjoy.”

Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 110 grants totaling more than $1,000,000.

For more information about The Fund for Haywood County or the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund, contact Advisory Board Chair Christine Mallette at 828-734-0570.

To make a gift, donate online at or by mail to P.O. Box 627, Waynesville, NC 28786-0627. Checks should be made out to CFWNC, noting “Fund for Haywood County” in the memo line. 

To learn more about The Community Foundation and its affiliates, visit

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