Friday, March 25, 2011

Pittsboro Running Club Weekly Runs

Sometimes it takes a little motivation to get off the couch and go for a run.  Well if beer, great food and great company are what it takes, then so be it.  It's all in the name of staying fit and healthy.  The Pittsboro Running Club is meeting on:

Sundays and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM 
at Northwood Highschool
(meet in the 1st parking lot on the right for the 2 mile loop trails)

Thursdays 6:00 PM 
at Chatham Marketplace
(meet in the parking lot for 3-5 mile routes through town)

Walkers and Runners of all abilities are welcome!  Run's are often followed by social gatherings at the Carolina Brewery or Chatham Marketplace.  

Operation Med Drop

Everyone knows that drugs are bad, especially old prescription drugs.  Please drop off unneeded prescription or over the counter medicines at the Kerr Drugs on East Street in Pittsboro this Saturday, March 26th from noon to 4 PM.  

There are 4 more drop off sites around Chatham County if Pittsboro is inconvenient for you.  Visit for more information.  This operation was wildly successful last year thanks to the coordinated efforts of local law enforcement and health department agencies.  This effort really keeps to keep meds out of the wrong hands.  

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Need help with your golf game?

Then sign up for a Golf Fundamentals course through the CCCC Pittsboro Campus.  The courses will be taught at Chapel Ridge and costs $120 per semester.  It looks like there will be 3 time slots this spring including one on the weekend.  Call (919) 545-8044 for more info or visit

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Soccer Goals at MHBH Park

The new goals at the Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park are courtesy of the Chatham Soccer League (CSL).  This donation was planned in the earliest stages of the park's design and now they're here, ready for public use.  Thanks CSL!   

New Soccer Goals at MHBH Park
With a retro look .  . .

Sunday, March 13, 2011

West African Drumming Comes to Pittsboro

The Pittsboro Community House hosts tons of great classes, workshops and cultural events. Be sure to check out these drum sessions every Sunday night at 5 PM starting March 20th. 

From the course instructor:

Interested in West African rhythms? Join Diali Keba Cissokho, “griot” from Senegal, for African drumming classes at the Pittsboro Community House from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, starting March 20th. Try it out for just $5.00. If you enjoy yourself, join us for some or all of the four Sundays that follow for just $10 per class. Guaranteed you’ll have a good time and leave able to play at least two African rhythms after just one class! No experience necessary; all ages welcome. Bring your drum if you have one, or let us know if you want to use one of ours (numbers limited). Check out a demonstration by Diali’s Wednesday class on his website at and call or email with any questions.

H - (919) 542-2008
C - (919) 548-2466

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Parks, Placemaking & Economic Development

I was at a dinner party a while back where I ran into someone in advertising who does most of her work in NYC and LA, and flies to either city with surprising frequency.  Nevertheless, her local studio is in Durham and her home is in Hillsborough.  She literally could live wherever she wants, yet chooses to live in Hillsborough and work in Durham because she likes the people and culture of these respective locales.  This highlights the importance of creating places worth living in.  

“No urban area will prosper unless it attracts those who can choose to live wherever they wish.”
- Jonathon Barnett

“Do for the future what you’re grateful the past did for you.”
- Danny Hillis, the Golden Rule of Time

“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.”
 - Fred Kent

“The 20th Century was about getting around. The 21st Century will be about staying in a place worth staying in.” 
- Jim Kunstler

For my dinner party companion, the above quotes are spot on. 

Sentiments echoing the need for place making are echoed in the Chatham County EDC’s Strategic Plan.  To quote: 

Quality of place is important because high-value entrepreneurs often chose to locate in scenic areas with amenities, such as arts, recreation, and rural character.” 

A later section titled “Quality of Life--Recreational Development Recommendations,” elaborates:

Research reveals that creative workers have a life cycle and move from urban areas to suburban areas as they age and have children. These workers value rural recreational amenities, such as bike paths, greenways, and trails in their residential and business-location decisions, which makes Chatham County an ideal location for these workers."

"Despite Jordan Lake serving as a tourism destination, Chatham County is not capitalizing on the potential small-scale, niche commercial development around Jordan Lake to target outdoor enthusiasts. The County and EDC should identify and zone special, small-scale commercial nodes near Jordan Lake and other recreational sites. Design and planning guidelines must be developed to protect the environment in these areas. It is recommended that the County aggressively pursue the upgrade and completion of the American Tobacco Trail and further explore connectivity of greenways, trails, and bike paths to downtowns and residential areas.”  

Parks and recreation are a vital part of placemaking, playing an important role in sustained economic development.  But more important is creating and enhancing a great place for yourself and your family.  

One last quote from poet and philosopher John Ruskin:

"The measure of any great civilization is in its cities, and the measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares"

Dutch Bike Lanes

Thursday, March 3, 2011

2 Creek Clean Ups - Volunteers Welcome!

The Haw River Assembly is doing its part to keep Pittsboro beautiful by hosting 2 trash clean ups along Robeson Creek.  Volunteers are requested - bring gloves if you can, though some will be provided.  This should be a fun outing, so come on out.    

First Clean Up
When:  March 11, 2011 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where: Robeson Creek Bridge over 15-501 S (park at Horton Middle School & walk down)

Second Clean Up
When: Sat. March 12, 2011 9:00 AM to 11 AM
Where: Town Lake Park - 529 NC Hwy 902 - (main parking lot)

Email the Haw River Assembly for more information.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

More New Picnic Tables

Two new pedestal picnic tables now grace Pittsboro's parks.  The first, pictured below, is at Kiwanis Park, and the second is under the large oaks at McClenahan Park.  I was happy to see a woman using the tables under the oaks the day after their installation!  These tables were funded through a grant from the Chatham County Park and Recreation Department. Other items funded through this grant are detailed here.  Thanks again to Chatham County and to Pittsboro's Public Works Department for the installations.  People do travel from all over the County to visit our parks.  These new amenities should enhance their experience.  

I also hope that people from nearby workplaces will find the McClenahan Street Park table a convenient place for work-day picnic lunches.  There are a lot of employment centers in that area, including the Sherif's office, Pittsboro Elementary School, the County School Administrative Offices, and RAFI to name a few.  The park is only a few minutes walk to Angelina's Kitchen and Al's Diner, great take-out options to bring back to the park.  Happy picnicking!

New Picnic Table at Kiwanis Park

Greenways Provide Proven Economic Value

The Trust for Public lands reports that the value of homes bordering a new greenbelt in Boulder, Colorado, increased by 32 percent over properties located 3,200 feet away.  This increase in property taxes was large enough to quickly pay off the bonds that the city required to purchase the open space.  The $150,000 annual increase in proximate property taxes that resulted from the creation of the greenbelt enabled the purchase price of the greenbelt to be paid off in just three years.  
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