Pittsboro Parks System Master Plan

The Town of Pittsboro is currently seeking public participation and input for the development of a long-range master plan for its nascent parks system. With the valuable input of residents, workers and visitors, the Town of Pittsboro’s Parks System Master Plan will help guide the direction, development and delivery of parks and recreation services over the next five years and beyond.


Overview

Welcome to the Pittsboro Parks System Plan project site. As a resident, worker, business owner, or visitor to Pittsboro, we are seeking your input as the Town launches this comprehensive planning project.

What is a Parks System Plan?  The town is developing a strategic guide that will outline the goals and vision of the community for parks, open space, recreation facilities, programs and greenways. In essence, the master plan is the broadest public planning document for parks and recreation and will help to establish the Town's long-range vision and how to implement it over a period of time. 

The planning process will take most of 2017, so we ask that you bookmark this page and visit frequently as postings will be updated, opportunities to participate will be advertised and draft materials will be made available to review.

The planning process will be approximately eight to ten months in duration. The project kicked-off in January, 2017 and includes five main phases:

  • Phase 1: Existing Conditions (Winter, 2017)
  • Phase 2: Needs & Priorities Assessment (Spring, 2017)
  • Phase 3: Long-Range Vision (Summer, 2017)
  • Phase 4: Implementation Plan (Summer, 2017)
  • Phase 5: Final System Plan Development (Fall, 2017)

Adoption or approval of a final publicly vetted Parks System Plan is targeted for Fall 2017. 

Additional Resources

Not familiar with our parks system?  Learn more at the Pittsboro Parks Department Webpage.  There, you'll find Park Descriptions, an Interactive Parks Map, links to the Pittsboro Parks Blog, and information about our Special Events. 

Questions for you!

We'll have a revolving set of polling questions hosted on this site throughout the planning process, some will be multiple choice while others will be open ended to foster a community dialog. 

Event Calendar

Welcome to the calendar for the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. Be sure to check back here for up-to-date postings of opportunities to provide your ideas and thoughts with the planning team in-person. Mark your calendars, tell your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family! The following are upcoming events:

  •       Thank you! A big thank you to those able to make it out to one of our two Community Presentations and Open Houses hosted on March 30th and 31st.  For those unable to attend you can still provide your input on this website as well as review the presentation at:Pittsboro Parks System Master Plan Presentation  

General Project Information

Site Etiquette:

This website is a limited public forum, intended to help in the distribution and collection of information pertaining to the System Master Plan project. We ask that you post comments, ideas, or solutions aligned with the questions asked on this site and do not partake in posting negative comments or personal attacks against any other participants.   The site is monitored for use of language and posts may be edited if found to be offensive. By use of this site, you agree to the terms of service located for review at the bottom of this page.

Use of your information:

We have the utmost respect for your privacy. This site is setup to allow visitors to read and gather project information without having to log in or provide contact information. If you wish to provide input on any of the polls or questions, you will be prompted to provide an email address so we can keep you informed about project events. You will not be required to provide this information in order to provide your input. if you chose to provide your email, we will send semi-monthly or monthly updates that will include notices of upcoming participation opportunities and project schedule updates. You can also op-in to the email list by selecting YES in the question at the bottom of this page and providing your email address. We value your time and appreciate your willingness to participate in this planning process!  We do strongly encourage you to sign up for email updates so that you won't miss out on any of the public participation opportunities available.  

Pittsboro NC Poll:
Would you like to receive email updates about this project?

Phase 2: Needs and Priorities

Starting in late March we are launching the second phase of the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. The Needs and Priorities phase is focused on learning how you like to use the current parks throughout the Town and more importantly, how you would like to play in the future. Whether you are an explorer of the natural wonders of Pittsboro or like a quick pick-up game of basketball, we want to know what you like most about parks in Pittsboro and what you would like to see added or changed. New questions will be added often to gather important information from all participants. If you would like to provide a detailed comment please be sure to keep your response align with the question’s topic.

Pittsboro NC Poll:
How would you rate the overall condition and appearance of parks and recreation facilities in the Town of Pittsboro you have visited?
Excellent
Good
Fair
Poor
I have not visited any Pittsboro parks.
Select Your Responses
We'll like to see bleachers
to have family and sport events.
16 days ago Reply 1 Agree
better bathroom facilities, even a "glorified portapot" like they have at some of the Tobacco Trail trailheads would be an improvement
27 days ago Reply 1 Agree
More swings and kids activities. Bike park ..lighting etc
29 days ago Reply 1 Agree
I would like to see sculpture and touchable arts. Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis Minnesota was a place I visited and walked when there.
15 days ago Reply 0 Agree
I've noticed a lot of very nice, recent improvements.
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Pittsboro NC Poll:
Is it important to you to have a public park or green space (open lawn for play, playground, walking paths, benches, etc.) within walking distance of your home and/or place of employment?
Yes
No
Vote to view results
Would love to see a park like Rock Ridge park in Northern Chatham
28 days ago Reply 2 Agree
Interspersed through out the broader area of pittsboro, including Northern Chatham which is experiencing a large amount of growth
28 days ago Reply 2 Agree
We need to have a balance in life and nature is part of that.
15 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Town lake needs bleachers.
16 days ago Reply 0 Agree
We'll like to have bleachers.
16 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Would like to see advent of Community Center with outdoor basketball courts
like Chapel Hill has available towards Briar Chapel area.
23 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Horse back riding would be great! As of right now we have to travel out of the county to even ride.
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
It would be great to have horse riding trails through out.
29 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Tear down old annex building and make an amphitheater or park
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Pittsboro NC Poll:
How would you define 'walking distance?'
1/8 mile (2-3 minute walk)
1/4 mile (5 minute walk
1/2 mile (10 minute walk)
3/4 mile (15 minute walk)
1 mile (20 minute walk)
1-1/2 mile (30 minute walk)
Vote to view results
sidewalks and bike lanes to access parks and greenspaces would be nice
27 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Walking or bike riding along a safe route to get there. Especially for kids.
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Pittsboro NC Poll:
Approximately how often did you or members of your household visit Pittsboro parks during the past year?
Few times a week
Once a week
Few times a month
Once a month
Few times a year
Once in the last year
Not sure how often I visited
I do not visit Town of Pittsboro Parks
Select Your Responses
Pittsboro NC Poll:
Which activities do you and/or your household members currently engage in or have a desire to participate in? (Select ALL that apply)
Aquatics (Learn to Swim, Leisure Swimming)
Visual Arts (Painting, Photography, etc.)
Youth Sports (Baseball, Soccer, etc.)
Performing Arts (Dance, Theater, etc.)
Visiting Museums or Historic Places
Enjoyment of Nature
Playing Tennis
Family Events
Fitness and Wellness (Indoor or Outdoor)
Senior Adult Activities
Adult Sports (Softball, Soccer, etc.)
Community Events
Lake or River-related Activities
Outdoor or Adventure Recreation (Mountain Biking, Climbing, etc.)
Social Programs (Volunteering, Service Clubs, etc.)
Walking
Yoga, Pilates or Zumba
Cheerleading
Youth Summer Camps
Aerobics or Spinning
Cycling
Playing Disc Golf
Playing on a Playground
Hiking
Playing Pickleball
Kayaking or Boating
Playing Pickup Sports (Basketball, soccer, etc.)
Select Your Responses
Tracy Vernon-PlattI would love to have a well-developed soccer complex. Well maintained fields, bathroom facilities (not portable toilets), and snack bar. Many other counties have those and I find it hard to believe that Chatham County has never invested in that.
4 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Adult flag football
16 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Would love to have a facility with indoor swimming
17 days ago Reply 0 Agree

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.

Pittsboro NC Poll:
Which Town of Pittsboro park or facility do you currently use?
Rock Ridge Park
41%
Kiwanis Park
22%
Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park
39%
Page Vernon Park
16%
Community House
5%
McClenahan Park
10%
Town Lake Park
27%
Robeson Creek Greenway
22%
None
19%
Poll Closed | 157 Votes
I really believe Pittsboro Parks need to be more widely marketed. I've lived in this town since I was 7 years old (I'm 25 now) and only ever knew of Town Lake Park. I also believe we could strongly benefit from the addition of an off leash dog park for citizens to use.
2 months ago Reply 9 Agree
Yes, a dog park would be wonderful!
2 months ago Reply 4 Agree
I second that - a dog park similar to that at southern village would be ideal!
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
There need to be longer trails for hiking and running. The 3m park is the best in the area. Dedicated bike lanes would also be nice.
2 months ago Reply 7 Agree
Where is the 3M park? Didn't know there was one.
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree
Rock Ridge Park is the 3M park referred to here.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Sure wish our parks had restrooms
2 months ago Reply 6 Agree
Parks are great. Rock Ridge is a real gem. I'd really like to see greenways though. I live in Northern Chatham and would love to be able to bike into town on a dedicated path. It is a rural enough area that I feel now is the time to build them while obtaining right of way is less challenging.
2 months ago Reply 5 Agree
Dog park!
2 months ago Reply 5 Agree
If suggestions are allowed.... it would be nice to have a bike path all the around the city, so that we could bike safely a mile or two on the paved path? Even sidewalks all around the city would be nice. But if you try to bike the city some places have sidewalks and then others don't and it's not as safe for young children on bikes. A sidewalk on 87 to connect to 15/501 on one end and then connect with new sidewalk by Al's diner on the other would allow a nice bike ride in a circle through town.
2 months ago Reply 5 Agree
Greenways!!!!!
2 months ago Reply 5 Agree
Chatham Park should donate land adjacent to the Haw River State Natural Area to the Town for a passive recreation area that can be used to expand the existing trail, protect water quality, preserve the viewshed from the river, and conserve valuable wildlife habitat.
2 months ago Reply 4 Agree
Dog park!
2 months ago Reply 4 Agree
There is a vibrant and growing soccer community (both youth and adult) in Pittsboro and Chatham County in general. In addition to more and better maintained fields in general (although this has been improving) having more area fields with lights would be extremely helpful. There is currently huge competition between youth teams in multiple sports as well as adult soccer games for the few fields in the county with lights, especially in the late Fall through early Spring. The ability to schedule games and practices during evening hours at more fields would help to reduce the scheduling logjam for everyone.
2 months ago Reply 3 Agree
PLEASE connect the sidewalk from Al's Diner to Potterstone (down highway 87). I believe it would give more people access to Town Lake Park and downtown. Also, I believe a more complex greenway system would be very beneficial to the town. People love to be outside!
2 months ago Reply 3 Agree
We could use more soccer fields, and lights on some existing fields
one month ago Reply 2 Agree
Wow, I don't know where any of these are! Wish I did. I'm a runner and I'm always looking for places to run too.
2 months ago Reply 2 Agree
We could use a dog park with separate small/large dog areas.
2 months ago Reply 2 Agree
I wish it were easier to walk to the Town Lake Park from downtown. Also, longer trails would be wonderful. I enjoy the Greenway, but it unfortunately ends in the middle of a neighborhood, it's not a good loop from downtown
2 months ago Reply 2 Agree
More sports fields for athletics would be awesome! Organized sports are so important for interested youth and having a convenient, central place for families to come watch/play is a plus.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
Consider building bike lanes. Safer for all. Big Woods Rd. Is in desperate need of one.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
Dog Park!!!
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
I play soccer in Chapel Hill due to the lack of organized adult soccer and facilities in Pittsboro. A complex is expensive but can generate income with good organization to help off-set the costs of building and maintaining.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
I completely agree! We have even participated in wake forest leagues that has a soccer complex with lights for adult coed night games. Would love to see something similar in Chatham
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
The sidewalks leading to and from the greenway are in terrible shape. I would love to see these in better repair when I take my son in the stroller.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
Rock Ridge and Town Lake parks are awesome. I love the disc golf course at Rock Ridge and play there regularly. Town Lake and Robeson Creek are my go to's for a quick nature hike. My only suggestion is that I wish the Robeson Creek trail was longer but maybe that will come with time.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
I wasn't aware of most of these parks.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
With the development of Roberts Run by Chatham Habitat well underway, it is perfect timing for Pittsboro to focus on the development of the Robeson Creek Greenway for a safe, beautiful, and welcoming area for all Pittsboro residents. This Greenway has the potential to become the flagship for Pittsboro Parks representing community and inclusivity.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
More pickleball courts. Almost thirty people showed up last Tuesday morning to play on three courts. Four players on a court at a time.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Youth sports are a worthwhile investment as Chatham grows. Greensboro has a splendid example that includes indoor tennis; indoor basketball/volleyball courts and these can be rented out to large groups. Agree with Dog Park and more walking/bike lanes
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
I would like to see Greenway connecting areas as well as for hiking and biking.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
I would love a park that had a paved walking/jogging, woodsy 2 mile loop (similar to Apex Community Park)for moms like me that use strollers. The current dirt trail, or super hilly 1/4 mile loop does not fulfill my health needs.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Love the walking trail at Rock Ridge and take advantage of it nearly every week.
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree
I did not know pittsboro had more than town lake park
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree
Pittsboro NC Poll:
Where do you, or members of your household, go to participate in parks and recreation programs or activities?
Town of Pittsboro parks
42%
Chatham County parks
39%
North Carolina State Parks
52%
Chatham County Public Schools
19%
Private clubs (health and fitness)
17%
Sports groups (associations or traveling teams)
30%
Neighboring town's or county's parks
35%
Church or place of worship
8%
National Parks or landmarks
38%
Poll Closed | 197 Votes
A year round multi sport complex is needed...soccer, La crosse, baseball, softball. Well developed soccer fields are needed. You cannot find a regulation soccer field unless you travel to Chapel Hill, Apex or Cary. Soccer has been the fastest growing youth sport for several years.
2 months ago Reply 13 Agree
Yes! The Pittsboro YMCA needs a serious upgrade with a pool. Where are all the pools?!?!
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Agree!
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
A public pool is needed in Pittsboro. Not everyone lives in a community with a pool nor can everyone afford to join a private club. Siler city seems to manage quite well with their public pool facility.
2 months ago Reply 8 Agree
Sports complex is needed for baseball, soccer, football, swimming, basketball....similar to Smithfield aquatics center
one month ago Reply 6 Agree
I strongly believe the area should have a sports complex as well. Better facilities promote more participation and healthier youth and adults.
one month ago Reply 5 Agree
Frankly, we don't know much about PBO Parks, and not for a lack of trying. I manage communications for a PBO neighborhood development and am frequently asked about parks, but there has never been any useful information to refer these people to.
2 months ago Reply 5 Agree
Mountain biking and single-track hiking trails around forested parkland is highly valued. Briar Chapel has a good model for this type of recreational facility on public land or in easements.
one month ago Reply 4 Agree
We really need a dedicated soccer park. Chatham Soccer league has to find fields all around and it's difficult for parents to get kids to several different fields for games and practices. The CSL is growing quickly too!
one month ago Reply 2 Agree
We go to Chapel Hill for basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball due to limited resources in Chatham
one month ago Reply 2 Agree
A large multi sport complex is what the county and town needs. A complex with multiple fields and an indoor facility similar to the factory in wake forest or the orange county sportsplex. Maybe a shared use facility with the YMCA would work.
one month ago Reply 2 Agree
This is frustrating to me. I grew up in Apex, had toddlers in Holly Springs. There was always so many options, arts, sports, etc for all ages to do. Why isn't there a preschool activity available where my child and I can spend 30 minutes focusing on something already planned?
one month ago Reply 2 Agree
Variety! Trails for walkers and runners, trails for bikers, trails for off roading, motor cross, and ATVs. Please don't make the trails multi use, it will cause problems. A sports complex should be included for outdoor team sports, as well as a couple separate locations (even the YMCA, and schools) for indoor sports, and swimming.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
We lived north Chatham and feel like there are few nearby options rom a county perspective. There appeRs to be a lag in county investment relative to residential development.

A multiuse complex would've tremendously successful and would help move Chatham county towards parity with Wake/Cary.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
Different parks offer different amenities. Need opportunities to relax, exercise, commune with nature plus group play and organized youth sports
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
We need nicer baseball fields
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
I don't go to any of these because we are a couple with no children at home. Would like to see a town dog park.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
Please clean up Town Lake Park. The water has a lot of debris blocking the dam. Also there are so many trees that are broken/fallen over. It's a beautiful park but needs a lot of cleaning up.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
I would like to see the extension of the Robeson Creek Greenway to and past the Robert's Run property to supply additional walking and biking linkages to schools and other amenities.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
Council on Aging has hikes around Triangle area that I attend, just to learn about more trails. Encourage mapping and info on greenways, too. Thanks for the effort to make Parks and Rec move visible.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
We've lived here for about a year and a half and I'm not really sure where there are any trails to run or sports programs for the kids. Would love a Girls on the Run group in our area.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
Frequently visit Southern Community Small Dog Park.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
As an avid amateur astronomer, I participate in public outreaches at Jordan Lake, the old Bynum bridge, Medoc Mountain state park, and Staunton River state park in VA. I would like to see more light pollution abatement in Chatham county. Having dark skies would allow a local outreach program for astronomy which would be an excellent addition to the community.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
Jordan Lake.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
My children are in Athletics and Wake and Orange county have far superior athletic facilities, especially the town of Holly Springs.
22 days ago Reply 0 Agree
I echo the sentiment that a sports complex with multiple indoor basketball courts and soccer fields as well as outdoor facilities would be wonderful for year round leagues and youth enrichment.
23 days ago Reply 0 Agree
And having inclusive parks and activities for those with disabilities should also be on the list. That's one reason we head to Chapel Hill as much as we do. We have a child with autism and there's nothing in Chatham County for us with regards to recreation that includes children with disabilities. Getting tired of the "isn't there a place for your kid" reference to Camp Royall? There's an attitude that kids with disabilities don't belong with everyone else. It would be great for that to change.
26 days ago Reply 0 Agree
We need a Recreation Facility with a gym. Open gym, fitness classes and break out rooms for craft classes and teen involvement would be great.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Recreational sports games are too far away (45 minutes or greater) for entry level kids. Need to look at setting up a local less competitive option with higher skill level travel teams.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Agree we need a public pool!
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Would love to have a park on Moncure pittsboro rd Moncure for our kids and us to walk etc.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
White Pines Preserve is the natural area I visit most frequently. I love having hiking trails, and wish there were more nearby.
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree
White Pines Nature Preserved managed by Triangle Land Conservancy
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree
Triangle Land Conservancy Trails
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree
Pittsboro NC Poll:
What is the primary reason, if any, that prevents you or other members of your household from using parks and recreation facilities in Pittsboro more often?
I'm too busy
10%
Too far from my home, work or school
19%
Facilities or parks are not maintained well enough
9%
Program or event times are not convenient
6%
I do not feel safe
2%
Lack of safe access to park by car, bike or walking
7%
I do not know what is offered
25%
I do not know where the Town's parks or facilities are located
22%
Poll Closed | 170 Votes
I would love for Pittsboro to have a dog park. The lack of a dog park in Pittsboro is one reason that I often go to Chapel Hill to use Southern Community Park.
2 months ago Reply 7 Agree
Dog park with fountain pond, overhead covering for shade would be awesome!
one month ago Reply 3 Agree
lack of multi sport regulation size fields
2 months ago Reply 7 Agree
Would love to see a major park development plan for the exploding area north of Briar Chapel. (BC is increasingly feeling like use is exclusive to BC)
2 months ago Reply 4 Agree
I also would love to be able to visit a dog park in Pittsboro. We have to take my dog to Southern Village Community Park.
2 months ago Reply 4 Agree
Dog park, Please!
2 months ago Reply 3 Agree
Dog park, please!
2 months ago Reply 3 Agree
As an older adult I'd like to see an indoor facility that has a walking track, pickleball courts, and other senior healthy living classes. I'd also like to see our community have an indoor swimming pool.
one month ago Reply 2 Agree
a dog park would be great.
2 months ago Reply 2 Agree
More parks and linked by greenways.
2 months ago Reply 2 Agree
We used to walk our dog at the Pittsboro parks quite a bit, but we stopped because it was so common to find other dogs off leash. It is way too stressful to try and navigate which dog interactions are going to be good ones, etc., when all we want to do is get some exercise.
2 months ago Reply 2 Agree
I agree! Far too many times, the careless off-leash dogs have caused issues with my family.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
the "parks" and fields are all over the place and not very convenient to North Chatham area. Would really like greenways to access the parks (like Cary has) and large green spaces for recreational sports fields
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
I would like to see more hiking trails or greenways.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
No indoor basketball courts are available to our knowledge.
one month ago Reply 1 Agree
outdoor space within my community and one nearby...great walking trails. Poor publicity about Pittsboro recreation facilities. No public pool for swimming.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
Pool would be wonderful.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
I believe we have some wonderful underappreciated parks in PBO, but the Parks Dept. has done a poor job of communicating—in terms of what they choose to communicate, the tone of the content, and the vehicle of content delivery.
2 months ago Reply 1 Agree
The choices did not offer "Facilities are not adequate" as a choice
22 days ago Reply 0 Agree
A dog park similar to the one at southern village would be ideal! It would also be nice to have trails connecting the new and exisiting parks in the area
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
Parks do not have horse trails so we are really not interested.
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
They do not have riding trails for horses so we are not really interested.
28 days ago Reply 0 Agree
I would like to have more variety of long hiking trails. I also think a public swimming pool would be great as would a dog park. As it is, we go to Jordan Lake for hiking and swimming, and Chapel Hill for the dog park.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
I would like to see a big city park right in Pittsboro, big enough to hold a bandstand, with lots of grass and big trees and benches, a playground for little ones.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
We need bike access and greenways to the parks we have.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Would like to see dog leash enforcements in normal non-dog parks. Far too many times, careless owners have been keeping their dogs off-leash and caused an issue with leashed dog walkers and small children. Simple signs indicating leash rules could be helpful.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
Need more in the Moncure area
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
I think a good volleyball program for the county is would be great! If advertised well I think lots of girls and boys from 8 and up would benefit! Youth and adults.
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
I visit the community college track and am always disappointed with the conditions. I need to run with a jogging stroller, and the asphalt trail is way to dilapidated and bumpy to actually jog. It's very unsafe
one month ago Reply 0 Agree
We enjoy access to an extensive privately-owned trail system adjacent to our property and make good use of it. I take advantage of the walking trail at Rock Ridge every Sunday morning.
2 months ago Reply 0 Agree