Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Urban Planning of Burning Man

Burning Man "needed urban design because it's a city" says founder Larry Harvey.  This fascinating article, and beautiful slide show, courtesy of dezeen magazine details how relative order evolved from anarchy at the Burning Man Festival. Around 70,000 people converge annually to form a temporary, high density, bicycle friendly, recreation oriented city every year.
Photograph by Christopher Michel licensed under CC; use of this photo does not imply the photographer's 
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"Burning Man aerial" by Kyle Harmon from Oakland, CA, USA -
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Page Vernon Park - Coming Soon

Page Vernon Park, a small urban plaza in the heart of Historic Downtown Pittsboro, is under construction and is expected to be completed by early October.  The new park will feature benches, a picnic table, and a beautiful curved stone seat-wall.  Efforts are underway to also make this a free public wifi hotspot.

Page Vernon Park Rendering - courtesy Rob Emerson (larger image here)
The Park is dedicated to the memory of the late District Court Judge Page Humphrey Vernon, who passed away in 2013. She'll be remembered as a tireless advocate for the children and families of Chatham County. Her heirs donated the land for this park, and the picnic table under the shade of the park's large pecan tree was one of her favorite places.

Construction progress as of August 17, 2015 (larger image here)
Contributions from the Trust of James Milton Johnson and Laura Blair Johnson, the Chatham County ABC Board and personal contributions from many individual park supporters also helped make this park possible by supplementing public allocations from the Town of Pittsboro.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A menace to the morals, happiess, and welfare of the people . . .

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-351  (2014)

§ 160A-351. Declaration of State policy 

   The lack of adequate recreational programs and facilities is a menace to the morals, happiness, and welfare of the people of this State. Making available recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages is a subject of general interest and concern, and a function requiring appropriate action by both State and local government. The General Assembly therefore declares that the public good and the general welfare of the citizens of this State require adequate recreation programs, that the creation, establishment, and operation of parks and recreation programs is a proper governmental function, and that it is the policy of North Carolina to forever encourage, foster, and provide these facilities and programs for all its citizens.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pittsboro Area Swimming Pools

There are no public pools in the Pittsboro Parks system, but there are private facilities in thea area that offer memberships - here's a listing:

Area Private Pools:

Duke Center for Living at Fearington heated indoor pool

Briar Chapel Pools competition pool, splash pad, activity pool

Heritage Hills Recreation Club swim team

Swimming Lessons at the Pittsboro Swim Association/ Pittsboro Community Pool through Chatham County Parks & Recreation

Jordan Lake:

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers swimming at Ebenezer Point, Seaforth, Parker's Creek, and White Oak. Printable map here. Interactive Map below:

Friday, March 27, 2015

National Walking Day - April 1, 2015

Come out and join the fun on National Walking day, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  The event will be acknowledged in Pittsboro and Chatham County, with free national walking day tee-shirts provided to the first 10 people to sign up at the locations and times listed below.  Pittsboro Parks locations are listed in blue below.  I'll be joining the 4PM walk at Rock Ridge Park, so maybe I'll see you there.  

8:00 a.m.          Boling Lane Park, 302 South Fir Avenue, Siler City
8:30 a.m.          Southwest District Park, 15124 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek
9:00 a.m.          Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Hwy 87, Pittsboro
10:30 a.m.        Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City
Noon                Robeson Creek Greenway, 80 East Street, Pittsboro
Noon                Siler City Health Dept. Clinic, 1000 S. Tenth Avenue, Siler
3:30 p.m.          Curt Askins Memorial Park, 355 Goldston Glendon Road, Goldston
3:30 p.m.          Robeson Creek Greenway, 80 East Street, Pittsboro
4:00 p.m.          Rock RidgePark, 1397 Old Sanford Road, Moncure
5:15 p.m.           Central Carolina Community College Track, 764 West Street, Pittsboro
6:00 p.m.           Northeast District Park—5408 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill
6:00 p.m.           Washington Avenue Park, 1305 Washington Avenue, Siler City

More info about the event here

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kudos to Briar Chapel's Boulder Park

Kudos to Briar Chapel for their beautiful Boulder Park.  This simlpe plaza is a true community center.  This modest park will play a huge role in fostering community within this development, it will doubtless increase the value of nearby homes and will encourage active lifestyles.

Here's a photo of Pepper Fest, where all of the road surrounding the park was populated with food and beverage tents highlighting pepper delicacies.  Music was playing under the arbor and kids were climbing on the spectacular boulders or having fun on the grass. A great sight of people reCreating.

Photo courtesy of PepperFest
And here's a flyover video which gives one a great sense of the park.

Well done Briar Chapel!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spring Tennis Offerings in Pittsboro Parks

Kids, adults and seniors will have new opportunities for play and instruction: 

1) Kids & Adult Tennis Clinics via RDU Tennis

After School Wednesday Option

4:30-5:30pm Grades K-3  Clinic
5:30-6:30pm Grades 4-8 Clinic
6:30-7:30pm Adult Beginner Clinic

If you have any questions, please contact Brian Rosenthal at (919) 395-7329, or email

Register at

2) Senior Tennis/ Pickleball Group via Chatham Council of Aging

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2-4 PM in 

Spring: March, April, May 
Fall: September, October, November

Contact the Council of Aging to Register
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