Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tri-State Recognition Award for Mary Holmes Park

A Pittsboro Park has won another award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park received a Recognition Award at the recent Tri-State Conference in Asheville NC.  The field was very competitive featuring of some of the best projects from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  Our popular park was designed by Lappas and Havener (now Surface 678) and Pittsboro Parks Planner Paul Horne. 

This park had previously won an NCASLA Honor Award at the state level in 2012.

Mary Holmes Park is very representative of the ethic and defining characteristics of Pittsboro Parks. It emphasizes community place-making, high quality understated design, inclusion of the arts and modeled environmentally sustainable practices with inclusion of its raingarden, living roof gazebo, and permeable paver parking lot. Natural playground features figure prominently. The park was built on a shoestring budget and the Town received a 2000 % return on its investment – this does not even factor in increased property values around the park or the positive impact on sales that the park has on the Powell Place development in which it’s located.

The park has continued to evolve to best fit the diverse needs of its users.  

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring Athletics Registrations

The Pittsboro area offers lots of opportunity for spring structured sports or other athletic programming. The Chatham Soccer League, for instance,  is conducting their spring registration drive now, and there are multiple offerings via Chatham County Parks and Recreation's relatively new online registration system. Finally, the Town is still accepting applications for Spring Tennis Clinics which start in a few short weeks.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Exploring Nature in Chatham Series

The Chatham Conservation Partnership is once again offering its Exploring Nature in Chatham Series. These are great ways to get out and appreciate the great natural resources in our backyard.

Sunday, April 13th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM: Wetlands Restoration at Pittsboro’s Town Lake Park (Free)

Discover “Pittsboro’s Hidden Treasure”, a 36 acre park with lakes and trails near downtown Pittsboro. Our guide will be Dr. Karen Hall with NC State University, who will talk about the wetlands restoration project in the impoundment area of Robeson Creek at Pittsboro’s Town Lake Park. Impaired by aquatic weeds and pollution, the upper and lower lakes have undergone a restoration project to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Meet in the parking lot of Town Lake Park in Pittsboro. Directions to Town Lake Park: From US 64 West in downtown Pittsboro, turn south on NC Highway 87 South / NC Highway 902 West. Go 0.5 mile and Town Lake Park is on the left. Register for this free tour by calling 919-545-8044.

newest trail section of Town Lake Park

Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon: Geological Hike in the Jordan Dam Area (Free)

Join Phil Bradley with the NC Geological Survey on a guided hike along portions of the Poe’s Ridge Game Land Trail in the B. Everett Jordan Dam area. Learn about the 600 million years of geologic history that helped shape the landscape we see today. The hike will be approximately 3 miles long over uneven terrain. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Bring water and snacks. Picnic tables are available so bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the outing. Meet at the B. Everett Jordan Dam Visitor Assistance Center on 2080 Jordan Dam Road in Moncure. Register for this free trip by calling 919-545-8044.

Sunday, June 8th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM: Bynum Upriver Paddle ($25 Per Person)

Paddle upriver of the Bynum dam on the Haw River with a naturalist guide with the Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company. Because of its biological and ecological significance, land on both sides of the Haw River upriver of the dam at Highway 15-501 in Bynum is part of the Haw Slopes State Natural Area. A diversity of habitats includes rich forested slopes, islands, rocky outcrops and wetlands. Both rare and ancient plants are found along the shore. Great blue herons, belted kingfishers, Canada geese, red-tail hawks and eagles are commonly seen while paddling. Occasionally, deer, beaver and muskrats present themselves. Flat-water upriver of the dam is especially well-suited for both the beginner paddler and anyone interested in nature. Parents paddling with children find the experience particularly gratifying. Fee: $25 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $20 per person with your own boat. Register for this trip with the Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company either online at or by calling 336-260-6465.

Contact Gretchen Smith about this series.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pittsboro Parks Snow Days

"Finally our snow camo is working" Geese at Town Lake Park
Fort at Rock Ridge Park
Rock Ridge Park Entrance

Friday, January 24, 2014

Eight Ways Parks Improve Your Health

Check out this great video from the Trust for Public Lands - Eight Ways Parks Improve Your Health:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Register Now for Spring Tennis Clinics

Our Fall Tennis camps were a great success; as such, we will continue offering clinics this spring.  This is a great inexpensive way learn the sport or to refine your skills.  Options are available for both  youths and adults. Click here to register or for more information.

McClenahan Park Tennis Courts
290 Pittsboro Elementary School Road
Spring 2014 Clinics
Start Date Wednesday , March 12, 2014

$80, 8 (1 hour) Clinics

After School Wednesday Option
4:30-5:30pm Ages 4-6 Clinic
5:30-6:30pm Ages 7-11 Clinic

6:30-7:30pm Adult Beginner Clinic

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Bike Fixit Station for Downtown Pittsboro

Pittsboro's historic downtown has seen some notable improvements via the Town's Main Street Program. Facelifts for prominent buildings have been funded through facade grants, and the Town has also invested in some beautiful street furnishings. These include the benches added last year and the coordinated trash cans which were installed before this Christmas Holiday.

One great addition is the Bike Fixit Station installed just this morning. The station contains an air pump and a number of tools required for basic bike maintenance. It also provides a stable place to hang the bike at an ergonomic height while you work on it. There's even a QR Code on the station which guides smartphone users through common repairs and maintenance procedures. This will add a bike friendly touch to the downtown, especially since we currently lack a bike shop (hint hint aspiring entrepreneurs).

A soon to be installed, artfully designed, bike rack will also add to our downtown's bike friendly appeal.

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