Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Cedar Benches at Town Lake Park

Two new cedar benches grace Town Lake Park. One is placed at a well used fishing spot on the peninsula. The other is shown below; it was sited to bring awareness to the pin oak behind it. Both benches were crafted by local Erik Wolken of Works in Wood. The cedar was locally sourced. The benches were partially funded through an a Adopt-a-Trail Program Grant through the State of NC's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

An inviting place to rest after a hike.
Vista from the new bench courtesy of volunteers at a recent park work day.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Successful Town Lake Park Work Day

We had a very successful volunteer morning at Town Lake Park thanks to an impromptu partnership with Triangle Rails to Trails (TRTC). The weather was beautiful, poison ivy was dormant and there were no pesky bugs. Bill Busey, TRTC vice-president and Pittsboro area resident, was able to round up some great people on short notice from Morrisville, Cary and Chapel Hill to help beautify our park. Town Commissioner Hugh Harrington lent a welcome hand as did Dee Reid from our Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Many thanks to you all!

Most of our energy was devoted to clearing honeysuckle and greenbriar entangled in trees around a newly installed cedar bench. This created a new vista to the lake and helped highlight the pin oak shown in the photo below. I had a lot of fun and envision more of these productive outings in the future. Please contact me to get on a mailing list for future volunteer opportunities.

A few of the intrepid volunteers; co-organizer Bill Busey on left.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pittsboro NC - Chatham County Courthouse Fire

A sad day for Pittsboro and all of Chatham County.
5:28 PM
5:39 PM
5:58 PM
6:00 PM
Traveling from the top down, the fire had reached the ground floor at this point. (6:20PM)
Thanks to all of the firemen, police and other emergency service personnel. Units from all over the County converged on Pittsboro to aid in the effort.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Webpage Facelift for the Town of Pittsboro

The Town of Pittsboro has recently revamped it's webpage; be sure to explore the new parks & rec section.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tree Settlement at Rock Springs Park

Whatever happened with the issue of the the trees that were erroneously cut down at the new Rock Springs Park in Pittsboro?

I'm happy to report that the Town has come to a settlement with the prime contractor overseeing the subcontractor who cut the trees. They will provide a boulder retaining wall along the parking lot, 70 feet of boulder retaining wall along the main field, and pave the remaining parking spaces originally slated to be gravel. In addition, they will place several tons of quartz and granite boulders, and plant the area above the soccer field retaining wall with low maintenance grasses and shrubs.

Existing quartz clusters at the pedestrian entranceway. Another cluster will be added as a part of the settlement.

I was saddened and angered to see the trees cut, but at the end of the day, I know that the Town negotiated a fair settlement and I'm confident that park goers will appreciate the new additions. It's worth noting that the park will retain over four and half acres of beautiful hardwood forest as well as several large islands of woodland within the more manicured areas.

Parking lot wall in progress. Finishing touches are being added by a highly skilled local mason.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Japanese Apricot in Bloom at Kiwanis Park

The Prunus Mume, or Japanese Apricot is in bloom at Kiwanis Park and the bees are loving it. The two specimen at Kiwanis Park are the "Peggy Clarke" cultivar. They're early bloomers and provide a bit of color in the winter while most plants are dormant. These are still young trees, but they'll eventually grow to a 15 -20 feet height and provide an impressive display. Note that there are honeybees in all of the photos.

Genus: Prunus
Specific Epithet: mume
Cultivar Name: 'Peggy Clarke'
Common Name: Japanese apricot
Family: Rosaceae
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