Friday, March 30, 2012

Chatham National Walking Day Events

"Walking isn't a lost art - one must, by some means, get to the garage."  
-Evan Esar

National Walking Day is April 4 and several Chatham County agencies have collaborated to organize "Walk Across Chatham," which features events and a challenge designed to get folks walking all around Chatham County, including several in Pittsboro Parks.  Click here for more event info or for a list of local walking and running clubs compiled by the County.  

"Walking is man's best medicine."

"The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time."
-Stephen Wright

“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, make shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship -- around participation in public life.”
-Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

"Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called 'walking'"
-George W. Bush

"These boots are made for walking"
-Nancy Sinatra

"A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world." 
-Paul Dudley White

"As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit - and parking as close to the stadium as possible."  
-Bill Vaughan

“I like long walks, especialy when they are taken by people who annoy me.”
-Noël Coward

"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements."  
-Henry David Thoreau

Evocative digital art by Angela Stewart of Redcliffs Australia

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Kiwanis Park Critters

Kiwanis Park has always been a grassroots kind of park, so when it came to bringing more smiles to the park, community members once again chipped in.
First of all French Connections gave us a great discount on some wonderful critters from their front yard.

Then, I ran into Adam Brinson, the Window Wizard, who offered to install the critters for free. "I'll just do it, I love that park," he said. 

His son, Buck, even helped.  He's a park lover too and a fine hand with a cordless drill.

The critters a charming and cheerful and can keep the Clyde Critter company....
Parks Department vehicle.
I love this donkey!
Pigs fly at Kiwanis Park!
"Yeah, here come the rooster . . ." (Alice in Chains)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Haw River Assembly Park Clean-Ups

Kuddos to the Haw River Assembly (HRA), who organized two park clean-ups in recent weeks. The first clean-up was along the new Robeson Creek Greenway near the new bridge.  Town Public Works provided a dump truck and about 80 of Horton Middle School science students filled it in 5 hours.  Together they gathered 80 bags, about one per student!  This is in addition to the large bulky items like old refrigerators, a mattress, a truck rear suspension and other fine treasures.  

Catherine Deininger with the HRA partnered with 8th grade science teacher Jamie Callicutt to improve the greenway.  The kids seems to have a lot of fun and really made a huge difference.  
Productive Horton students having fun while sprucing up the greenway.  
Horton students and their science teacher, Jamie Callicutt (on the far right)
The second clean-up was along the Haw River at the 15-501 Paddle Access near the Bynum Dam.  This time the HRA worked with the Carolina Canoe Club for a land and water spruce up.  I ran into Ken and Debbie Tunnell who were leading the clean-up efforts on the Haw last Saturday.  They couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.   
Carolina Canoe Club member cleaning up the river from his boat 
15-501 Paddle Access clean-up organizers from the Carolina Canoe Club and the HRA
Click to learn more about future Haw River Assembly Volunteer Opportunities.  Thanks Haw River Assembly!  Keep up the great work.  

Monday, March 5, 2012

Free Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class

Powell Place resident enjoying his morning golf at Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park.  

The Chatham County Council on Aging is teaming up with the Arthritis Foundation and Twin Rivers Independent Living to offer a free eight week exercise program.   The course will be taught by a certified Arthritis Foundation exercise instructor and is geared toward helping folks better manage pain associated with osteoarthritis.  Studies have shown that regular physical activity helps immensely in alleviating the symptoms of the condition.  
The class will start on March 20th and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30pm at the Twin Rivers Independent Seniors Community at 25 Rectory Street, Pittsboro. Space is limited, however, so call Brett Moraes at (919) 542-4512 or email to reserve your spot. 

Even if you can't attend the course be sure to explore the Arthritis Foundation's introduction to exercise page which offers free exercise videos other resources to help seniors stay active.  

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chatham County Transportation Survey

Just a few weeks left to complete the Chatham County Transportation Survey; the deadline is March 15th. More info here.

Happy Hour at the Community House!

OK the title is a bit misleading, but three new animal happy hour themed paintings by artist Forrest Greenslade do now grace the walls of the Community House.

The art, on loan from the accomplished Fearington Village artist, really brightens up the space. The vibrant colors appeal to the many children using the facility and the clever titles provide a chuckle to the adults - from left to right in the photo above:  Happy hour at the Rawhide Hay Bar, Happy hour at the Sour Mash Shine Shack, and Happy hour at the Big Chill Grill.

Be sure to check out Forrest's other works at his great website or visit his beautiful Forrest Dweller Sculpture Garden on the next Chatham Studio Tour.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pittsboro Parks featured on Get Going NC

Pittsboro Parks are currently featured on this great blog, Get Going NC.  It's a terrific site which explores “all of the fun ways to get in shape and stay that way.”  The site is run by Joe Miller, who recently retired from the N&O and soon after acquired a sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield to finance his passion for exploring active outdoor recreation.  That sounds fun to me, and fun is crucial as his site explains:
If only staying in shape were that simple, you say? In fact, it is. You just need to find a way of staying fit that you enjoy. Yes, enjoy. You say you’ve never found a form of sweating that makes you happy? I say you just haven’t found what pushes your adrenal button. And that’s my goal here at — to expose you to as many athletic endeavors as possible until we hit the one that makes you stop and say, “Huh. That sounds like fun.” And fun is key, because if you don’t enjoy whatever it is you’re putting your body through, if it doesn’t trip something inside you that makes your spirit want to go another five minutes when the rest of your body is crying No mas, then you won’t keep at it. Nor should you. Life is too busy to waste a portion of it suffering from painful exercise. Likewise, life is too short to waste a portion of it suffering the ill effects of not moving.”  
This site might be just the ticket to help get you to get out to go for that run even if the weather is less than perfect.  It’s also a great place to learn about outdoor recreational opportunities across the state, from paddling, hiking and climbing to winter sports or triathlons.  At first glance greenways seem to be the central focus, but the “blog categories” section on the site reveals a wide variety of topics of interest to folks who read the Pittsboro Park Blog, or to anyone interested in a more active lifestyle.  
Screen Shot of Get Going NC
I thought that the site was brilliant and that it would be great if Pittsboro’s Parks could be mentioned, so I gave Joe the 50 cent tour of our nascent park system and he was kind enough to write this great article about Pittsboro Parks.  
Be sure to explore the rest of Get Going NC and the associated Flickr Photostream, which hosts great photos of other nearby Chatham County attractions such as the Lower Haw State Natural Area, White Pines Preserve and the American Tobacco Trail.  
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