Tri-State Recognition Award for Mary Holmes Park

A Pittsboro Park has won another award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park received a Recognition Award at the recent Tri-State Conference in Asheville NC.  The field was very competitive featuring of some of the best projects from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  Our popular park was designed by Lappas and Havener (now Surface 678) and Pittsboro Parks Planner Paul Horne. 

This park had previously won an NCASLA Honor Award at the state level in 2012.

Mary Holmes Park is very representative of the ethic and defining characteristics of Pittsboro Parks. It emphasizes community place-making, high quality understated design, inclusion of the arts and modeled environmentally sustainable practices with inclusion of its raingarden, living roof gazebo, and permeable paver parking lot. Natural playground features figure prominently. The park was built on a shoestring budget and the Town received a 2000 % return on its investment – this does not even factor in increased property values around the park or the positive impact on sales that the park has on the Powell Place development in which it’s located.

The park has continued to evolve to best fit the diverse needs of its users.  


  1. Congratulations Pittsboro Parks and Paul Horne! The parks in Pittsboro certainly deserve an award. They are all fun and beautiful.


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