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

2014 Annual Pittsboro Parks Report

Pittsboro Parks has released its annual report.  Progress in the development of the parks system as well as downtown revitalization efforts are discussed. Details here:  2014 Calendar Year Pittsboro Parks Progress Report

Jasper Ours hanging out on the new Kiwanis Park Tortoise 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Best in Bike Infrastructure

For the bike and transportation nerds - you know you're out there - a few impressive photo galleries from the Guardian:

Architectural bike eye candy: Architecture for bikes - in pictures

Solar panels embedded in the cycle path could generate enough electricity to power three houses: World's first solar cycle lane opening in the Netherlands

Finally, a more substantive, and highly recommended article for those interested in creating, or living in, bikeable communities.  Innovation in, lycra out: What Copenhagen can teach us about cycling.  The also contains four short videos - here's one of them:

Episode 07 - Micro Design - Top 10 Design Elements in Copenhagen's Bicycle Culture from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

It is always inspiring to see such elegant solutions around the world; hopefully enough people ask "why not here?" wherever here happens to be.
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