Pittsboro Parks System Master Plan

PittsboroParks.org was created to help community members craft our park system by asking for substantive input throughout the Parks System Master Planning Process.  So, please join the conversations, participate in the polls and don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors about this site.  Sign up for emails updates to the plan’s progress. 

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What is a Parks Master Plan?

A parks and open-space plan outlines a systematic approach to providing parks and recreation services to a community. Parks and open-space resources within a community include environmental, recreational, scenic, cultural, historic, and urban design elements.

Adoption of the Parks System Plan is targeted for February of 2018. 

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Pittsboro NC Poll:
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Phase 3b: Mapping Exercises

Please use the color-coded legend below for the mapping exercises that follow: 

 

Pittsboro NC Poll:
Show where you would like to see NEW FEATURES in Pittsboro's pubic realm (ie. sidewalk network, parks, trails, farmers markets, gyms, pools, etc.) and note what those NEW FEATURES should be. The gear on the left of the map lets you view the map in satellite mode.
I would love for Pittsboro to have an indoor community pool. The high school (and even middle school) could have a swim team. Residents would have a place to swim. Pittsboro could offer year around swimming lessons for all ages. With Pittsboro's close proximity to Jordan Lake, I'd love to see more people learning to swim.
Reply Flag 16 Agree3 months ago
A well planned dog park near downtown, sections for both large and small dogs with ample seating and shade throughout.
Reply Flag 12 Agree3 months ago
We definitely need an indoor swimming complex. The local swim teams have to travel a large distance to find suitable pools for competition. In addition, the high school swim team has to travel all the way to Meadowmont (45 minutes) just to find a pool to practice in. And numerous groups share that space. There is definitely enough demand in Chatham county from local swim teams to support an indoor swimming complex.
Reply Flag 9 Agree3 months ago
I would love to see a splash pad next to the Kiwanis Club Park. It's such a great park for young children, a splash pad would make it exceptional.
Reply Flag 9 Agree3 months ago
An indoor swimming pool would be a welcome addition to the area. Club swim teams like YOTA, NCAC, and CKS need more space to host swim team practices and would greatly appreciate a new pool. High school teams in the area also need more space to swim. An indoor swimming pool would also be a great place for recreational swimming and could lead to more kids learning how to swim.
Reply Flag 8 Agree3 months ago
Whatever remains of The Pittsboro Wilderness area should be preserved as a nature preserve. May you be able to negotiate such an agreement with Chatham Park.
Reply Flag 6 Agree3 months ago
Absolutely a dog park for both sizes with trees, seating and WATER! Also large enough that one half of the park is renovating the "sod" while the other side is being used. Local businesses could sponsor picnic tables, benches, special trees and agility equipment.
We have a large dog community here - let's stay in Pittsboro instead of traveling to Chapel Hill!
Reply Flag 5 Agree3 months ago
Pittsboro needs an outdoor pool.It would also be nice to have a recreation center that offers classes for all ages.
Reply Flag 4 Agree3 months ago
Live music venue, like an amphitheater. Somewhere downtown. Walking distance from circle.
Reply Flag 4 Agree3 months ago
Gymnastics gym would be a great addition. Chatham county residents have to travel quite far for recreational gymnastics classes or competitive teams. Gymnastics classes are always popular with children and with the large influx of families I think there is more than enough demand to support a gymnastics gym.
Reply Flag 3 Agree3 months ago
Absolutely a dog park for both sizes with trees, seating and WATER! Also large enough that one half of the park is renavating the "sod" while the other side is being used. Local businesses could sponsor picnic tables, benches, special trees and agility equipment.
We have a large dog community here - let's stay in Pittsboro instead of traveling to Chapel Hill!
Reply Flag 3 Agree3 months ago
I've heard a lot from Chatham Park about making the development walkable to downtown, but I don't see strategies for that.
Reply Flag 3 Agree3 months ago
It would be wonderful if Pittsboro had a public pool and splash pad park!
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 months ago
Any kind of community pool. Especially where a swim team and lessons can be had.
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 months ago
A sidewalk to the town lake park
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 months ago
Live music venue, like an amphitheater. Somewhere downtown. Walking distance from circle.
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 months ago
Great location for nature preserve and heritage park.
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 months ago
This is an important pedestrian connection.
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 months ago
Partner with NC State Lower Haw Natural Areas for walking paths on the south side of the river (not paved) and local land owners like Chatham Park. TLC and the Nature Conservancy have great models.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 months ago
A series of soccer fields would get a lot of use.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 months ago
Mary Holmes Park is a great park I use regularly. The side trail through the woods could use stabilizing. It's rocky and can be an ankle-twisting hazard. Sand or composite such as the parking lot would be a welcome improvement.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 months ago
Great park I use regularly. The side trail through the woods could use stabilizing. It's rocky and can be an ankle-twisting hazard. Sand or composite such as the parking lot would be a welcome improvement.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 months ago
More parks like Kiwanis Park: fenced in, shaded, and safe for all ages! Also, more parks north of Briar Chapel. There are currently no public parks there and we have to drive over 20 minutes to find a suitable park with shade.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone month ago
Pittsboro has a need for a soccer complex. A joint venture with Chatham Soccer League and the county should be pursued.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeone month ago
I'd love to see Pittsboro get a children's museum with indoor and outdoor play and an adjacent/indoor cafe.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 months ago
I would LOVE for the outdoor pool to be public!!! Or the suggested indoor pool to have sliding doors/retractable skylights, and be outdoor-like during the summer months.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 months ago
I've seen the original master plan for the Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park and would love to see it continue to develop as orignally designed. Lovely place!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 months ago
Pool for indoor and outdoor use. How about a partnership with the town, county, our local YMCA and Chatham Park!
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 months ago
Soccer facilities! Chatham Soccer League is rapidly growing and games are held on worn out fields at local schools that are extremely difficult to upkeep. A soccer facility in Pittsboro could serve the whole county.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 months ago
Pittsboro NC Poll:
Identify areas in the Town's EXISTING public realm (e.g. parks, trails, sidewalks, facilities, etc.) where you would like to see IMPROVEMENTS & note those IMPROVEMENTS.

Phase 3a: Primary Survey

As followers of this site know, the Town of Pittsboro is currently drafting a Parks & Recreation System Master Plan. Throughout the planning process, the Town's goal is to have a high level of community involvement and engagement, including focus group discussions, this site's surveys, and public open house meetings.

 

We're also conducting a Community Needs Assessment survey to better understand our residents' priorities for parks, open space, recreation programs and facilities within the community. In coming weeks,this survey will mailed to each resident within Pittsboro's City Limits.  So, even if you've provided feedback in the prior surveys, please take about 10-15 minutes to complete this survey as well.  

 

We realize that dedicating 10-15 minutes out of everyone's busy lives is a commitment, but each question is important. The time you invest in completing this survey will aid the Town in taking a resident-driven approach to making decisions that will enrich our community and positively affect the lives of its residents.

 

Keep an eye on your mail in coming weeks for your opportunity to weigh in on your Parks System. 

UPDATE: The survey will be mailed the week of August 21. . . 

 

 

Phase 2: Needs and Priorities

Polling for Phase 2 is complete!

Phase 1: Existing Conditions

Welcome to the first phase of the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. This phase is focused on learning about the Town's park and recreation system and how you use facilities and participation in programs and events.   Whether they are parks operated by the Town of Pittsboro or North Carolina State Parks, we want to know how you like to use them. Please review the results of poll questions below and see how your community responded. 

Polling for Phase 1 is complete!

Pittsboro NC Poll:
What places inspire you? Why?
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Nearby, I like how walkable downtown Carrboro, NC is. I love their farmers market and the space in front of Weaver St. Market.

I love how friendly and fun Asheville, NC is. They have a great downtown, vibrant streets with lots going on, tons of outdoor recreational opportunities, and a great park in front of their Town Hall that's always full of people. The people there seem to value a high quality of life and it shows.
Reply Flag 5 Agree5 months ago
Love the PBO pocket park! More of this, please! Think of European villages and open plazas and gathering spaces. Continue to keep landscaping a part of roads and sidewalks
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 months ago
Agree with the commenter who says Carrboro and Asheville.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 months ago
Places to take my son to play outside where he can have fun but I can also enjoy being there.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 months ago
i love the choice to preserve old buildings or keep their charm, e.g. Soda Shoppe and the historic courthouse
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 months ago
Haw River - my favorite local spot to seek solitude, enjoy the natural world, and take my kids swimming, boating, and hiking.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
1) Nature, open roads, pasture, woods. Places where you can hear the birds, see the sunrise/sunset, breathe in the smells of the seasons.

2) Small towns, small churches... Places where you can connect with small groups of people—really notice and observe people and make eye contact with them. See familiar faces, even if you don't know them that well.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
I grew up on a farm and didn’t appreciate or understand the importance of parks because we had our own woods and fields where I could ramble and explore. But as farms and forests are rapidly being lost to rows of rooftops, it becomes more critical that we save some of those special spaces before they are all lost forever. Parks are valuable, not only for recreation, but as places for refreshment and restoration of the soul. Yesterday I had the privilege of hiking at Blackwood Farm Park and Brumley Nature Preserve near Hillsborough. Both are available for public pleasure because somebody had the foresight (and funding) to set them aside as natural public spaces. Pittsboro needs that kind of destination park, and we should take advantage of the opportunity before it’s too late. Hailbron is an excellent example of a historically and environmentally significant property that should be saved as a destination park for Pittsboro residents as well as tourists. Hailbron was once a 400 acre plantation and summer home of the Hill family. A small rock walled cemetery on the property protects the remains of several founding mothers and fathers of Pittsboro and Chatham County. The last 74 acres of Hailbron is at risk for development. We shouldn’t let that happen.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Being in the woods in Chatham County.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Hillsborough River Walk. NC Artist and local artist Patrick Dougherty and his stick buildings. The walkabilty and bikability of Carrboro. What I celebrate most about my community is that we have beautiful and preserved natural areas.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
I love San Francisco, Seattle, Northern California, Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Cool places, cool people, intense nature. Mountains, coast, snow, mass transit. I like the ability to walk throughout the downtowns of all or be a short distance to extreme and diverse natural environments, which the locals have seen as important and have protected.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
9/11 Memorial - remind us of our heroes(first responders/military) Courthouse - it's history needs to be elaborated upon and readily available to the public Walkability is great, but there are very few places worth going to in downtown Pittsboro - drab storefronts, uninteresting stores.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Being outside and hearing the sound of water. Extend the Robeson Creek greenway to Jordan Lake. with connections to Chatham Park developments, cafes and bars alongside.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
My own farm in Siler City inspires me more than anywhere in the world. There's no place like home.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
I love the new garden/farm supply store. They are good people and work hard to provide whatever we need.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
There has been "talk" of re-working the rotary that is the heart of Pittsboro - I know that traffic gets congested there - but that is part of Pittsboro. While we can find alternative traffic routes, we need to keep this part of Pittsboro intact. I love our first Friday art festivals, and the local art-fests that the Art Council and local artists sponsor. It would be nice to bring some of this to the parks as well. Finally, Pittsboro is all about nature and being outdoors. You are doing a FANTASTIC job with the parks. We need large developments to work with us in providing common space for community and assisting with trails.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Yes, keep the circle the same! The tighter circles in Sanford are a pain! There does need to be an alternate route for all the tractor trailers and dump trucks that are going to all the construction that is blowing up!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Courthouse and Circle. Diversity!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Public parks and pools for recreation.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Natural shaded spaces. Public parks. Greenery. It would be nice to have some parks in the downtown area or even just more green space for beautification. I would love if our city were more walkable along 15-501. The sidewalks in front of Horton Middle School are in sad shape.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Places to sit within nature, especially if I can watch my kid play/enjoy nature (Rock Ridge is our favorite, Powell also good)
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Pittsboro NC Poll:
Parks & Open Space provide a multitude of benefits. Which of the following are most important to you? Please rank with 1 being most important and 11 least important. (for Spinal Tap fans, this poll goes to 11)
Development will happen if we focus on preserving what works....diversity, small town Historic character, green spaces!
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 months ago
Agree that these are very difficult to rank. While I like the idea of some development in our area, like more restaurant options, I don't want them at the expense of our green spaces & existing community character.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 months ago
Recreation spaces are in need of update and expansion to maintain the activities around the city center but large enough to host bigger events that can be economically beneficial for local businesses
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 months ago
Preserving significant historic places and great natural spaces that anchor us to our distant past in the wake of the development tsunami that is our future is a critical component in a community’s quest to hold on to and honor the heritage that has made us who and what we are. Preserving property of historical significance and connecting people with nature can not only honor our past, but also enrich the quality of life for Chatham’s future generations seeking respite from the fast pace and congested space that will define our tomorrows.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Is the idea to exclude everyone that doesn't actually live within the city limits? That's the message I've always gotten, and I've lived in Chatham county since 1989.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Hello, this is Paul Horne, Parks Planner for the Town of Pittsboro.

That’s a good question, and I’ll try to provide a fairly thorough but somewhat concise response. We’re using multiple methods to get input for this plan, this site being just one of them. They all have somewhat targeted audiences. (For instance, people without internet access will have a hard time participating here, so we’ll use other means to reach these folks.) Hopefully the combination of all of these input methods will provide a good snapshot of how our community feels about the role of Parks System and their role within our town.

The idea of this site is to get insights from everyone in the general area. If you live, work, play, own a business here, or even visit Pittsboro regularly, please chime in.

Now, we will conduct a mail-out statistically valid survey and that will be limited to taxpayers within Pittsboro’s Town Limits. That survey will be structured to provide a representative cross-section of the Town’s current residents. That’s a very important data point, but so are forums like this one.

The idea with seeking broader input is the acknowledgement that anyone having interactions with our community has valid insights. Their quality of life will be directly impacted by our community’s quality of life, as expressed through our public realm. If, say, you live elsewhere but work in Pittsboro, you’re obviously contributing both to our community and to our economy. If, however, you have no relationship to Pittsboro, then no, it wouldn’t be so appropriate to weigh in here.

Geographically, Pittsboro is a logical location for regional facilities like aquatic centers and sports complexes. Often these regional facilities are partnership projects with more entities than just a municipality, perhaps County Parks Department, private entities, or even school systems. That makes sense, since these facilities would serve a broader market than just residents within Pittsboro.

It’s important that we create systems that serve community needs irrespective of the agencies which end up administering them. Rational, fiscally responsible, regional planning initiatives for parks are just as important as they are for utility infrastructure, transportation or other complex system. The Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, for instance, drew nearly 1.6 million visitors in 2016 – parks definitely have an impact well beyond the jurisdictions that they’re located within. Therefore, it's entirely appropriate to seek input from outside of our corporate limits.

So much for a concise response, right? But it’s a more complicated issue than it may appear at first glance. I didn’t want to ignore your question or give a less nuanced response. On the other hand, I don’t want to sidetrack the discussion at hand. We’ll get into implementation issues much later in the process.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Though to rank. I agree with previous comment that if we do things "right" economic development will come. I am a huge supporter of Parks and Rec. So I lean towards, greenway connectivity and recreation facilities. (Having said that, I visited the AMAZING Mary Holmes Park yesterday and we ran into ONE family!) We really need to build up the parks department. That could also include Arts education, conserving natural space, and youth development and athletics.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago
Impossible to rank those. All so important!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 months ago