Monday, June 14, 2010

Feeding the Well

Anyone who attended the recent presentation in Pittsboro by Michael Kirschman will understand that parks pay for themselves many times over in real economic terms, providing benefits to the entire community, not just the park’s end users. A recent visit to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington NC, however, reminds me of another great benefit, what designer James Richards calls “Feeding the Well of Creativity.” Many people find their productivity increasing and creative juices flowing after exposure to beautiful inspiring places. The impact of seeing a tree over 400 years old is hard to quantify in economic terms but it certainly seems meaningful in the grand scheme of things. Interacting with inspiring, refreshing places is crucial to us individually, and as members of society, and having access to quality spaces close to home is even better. Inspiration may stem from natural beauty, enhancements of nature, quality architecture, arts, crafts, or simply seeing your kids play in environments which nurture and excite them. Here’s a glimpse at some of the inspiring views at Airlie Gardens. If you’re in the Wilmington area, I highly recommend going. They offer kayak tours, a lovely butterfly house, 62 acres of enclosed garden with over 100,000 varieties of azalea and camellias.


Live Oak
Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel Garden
Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel; google for more photos.
Stained Glass Detail in the Bottle Chapel Garden
A great concrete arbor.
The Airlie Oak, 462 years old.



Saturday, June 5, 2010

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Vacancy

The Pittsboro Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PARAB) is seeking volunteers, to be appointed by the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners, for the current vacant position on that board for an in town resident. Duties include advising the Board of Commissioners and Town Staff in matters related to parks and recreation. The board consists of six members and meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm.


To download an application click here: http://pittsboronc.gov/vertical/Sites/{512CE168-4684-4855-9CD9-7D209FE775E3}/uploads/{6393E87D-28A2-4695-B461-2C6313E2FF1E}.PDF


For more information about volunteer opportunities, click here: http://pittsboronc.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={F7D98F0D-279D-4FCC-ACDA-3510F7163AAE}


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rock Springs Park Sneak Peak

As the grass establishes itself and the finishing touches are completed at Pittsboro's Rock Springs Park, area residents circling the walking trails are already enjoying the views....
...the raingarden from the playground circle,


...looking through young bamboo to the climbing sculptures beyond,


...sandbox foreground, picnic shelter, with the multi-use field in the background,


...detail of boulder retaining wall,


...the raingarden and the field beyond.

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