Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thanks to Contributors - Kiwanis Park

Here's a hearty note of thanks and appreciation to all the local contractors and suppliers who donated in kind labor or materials to the recent renovations at Kiwanis Park. Their generosity saved the Town real money at a time when resources are tight.

Some of these folks are parents who wanted to contribute to a playground their kids enjoy. One has been involved with Kiwanis Park since its inception, is an active Kiwanis Club member and takes a great personal interest in the park. All of them care about their town and took steps to support the park and the families who use it.

Please consider thanking these community members by remembering their services when you have a project in mind.

Leslie Booker of Booker Garden Design - did the final landscaping, designed the planting plan and selected the plants, built the round walnut benches, cedar patio, donated a metal retaining ring and reduced labor costs

Jeff Gannon of Green Door Design and Build - donated cedar log for the Clyde Critter, installed the shade sails, provided materials at a discount, didn't charge for his personal labor

Tom Glendinning - did the grading, created the boulder play area, cleared the fence line, and installed the sod, donated labor

Lonnie Parcell of B&L Supply - donated a pallet of black flagstone which was used for paths and around the smaller sandbox

Joe Kenlan of Joseph Kenlan Stoneworks - masonry for 2 sandboxes, some boulder work, did work at cost

Chad Haddix - carved the cedar spring rider car as a labor of love, a nominal fee will be paid

Many of these contractors had hardworking crew members; though not named here their help is greatly appreciated.

Clyde Jones' donation of his critter has a separate post here.

Tom Glendinning and his hardworking helper Ando
Jeff Gannon removing all sapwood before installing cedar posts
Leslie Booker with tools of the trade

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vroom! Vroom! New Car at Kiwanis Park

Watch Out NASCAR, there's a new car at Kiwanis Park carved by Chad Haddix. Partially inspired by Mader from the movie "Cars" and the game piece from the game "Monopoly", this car has been the first things kids run to since it's installation this morning.
Plenty of raw power under the hood. . .
Sleek lines . . .
Kid tested and approved.
Wheee! . . . Photo blurred from the fast action.
The race is on.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Clearing and Bench at Town Lake Park

As part of an ongoing erosion control project a number of new features have been installed at Town Lake Park. A new vista has been created, and a rustic walnut bench has been added with which to enjoy it. Additionally, three varieties of cyprus and a white cedar have been planted. The area is shady and cool during the heat of the day and often gets a nice breeze off of the lake. Lots of herons have been seen in this area. Come see for yourself.

Dry stack culvert end of common rip rap. Stonework by Joe Kenlan.
Side view of the new clearing around the boardwalk.

New rustic walnut bench

New Tick Information Kiosk at Town Lake Park

The Chatham County Environmental Health Department, headed by Andy Siegner, has donated a Tick Information Kiosk to Town Lake Park. We're grateful as it may help in preventing tick borne diseases through increased awareness. Thanks Andy and Chatham County!

What are your favorite strategies for dealing with these pesky critters? A roll of tape is good for removing the smallest of seed ticks efficiently.
The Kiosk is near the Diane Street Entrance to the Park.
Click image to enlarge it enough to read the content.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Kiwanis Park Virtual Ribbon Cutting

Pittsboro's Kiwanis Park on Credle Street has undergone a major transformation this summer!

Renovations include doubling the play space, the addition of colorful shade cloths, 10 new trees plus a variety of shrubs and perennial flowers. Natural play features have been added including two sandboxes, a boulder climbing area, and a unique carved wooden car, along with benches, a hop-scotch area and an incredible “Clyde critter.”

I have been hearing passionately positive feedback from parents, and seeing enthusiastic kids every time I’m out there. My day was made Thursday when a woman confided that she “wished they had something like this in Chapel Hill.” I’ve also heard it described as a “wonderland.” Word must be getting around because I’ve seen higher attendance at the park than ever before.

The renovation was funded entirely through the Town of Pittsboro although most of the contractors and suppliers involved provided their services at a reduced rate to support the park. B&L Supply donated the black flagstone. (I'll elaborate in a future post) Please consider letting Town officials know if you appreciate the changes! Leave a comment on this blog or write myself (the Parks Planner), the Town Manager, the Commissioners or the Mayor. Several people have asked about monetary contributions; they are tax deductible and will be applied specifically toward Kiwanis Park and nothing else.

But the best way to appreciate the changes is to get out to Credle Street and take a look, particularly if you remember the park before the renovations. Keep an eye here for future posts detailing the process of park transformation. And thanks again for the feedback received thus far!

New Shade Sails
Boulder Play Area
Child labor kept the construction budget in check . . . just kidding.
Inviting path

A dad & his kids play in the sandbox.
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