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:

  • Posting of Existing Conditions Analysis for Public Review: March 27, 2017 - link will be provided on this website

  • Community Presentation and Open House 1: March 30, 2017, at the Chatham Community Library, Holmes Meeting Room 6:30 - 8:30 PM. [197 NC-87, Pittsboro]

  • Community Presentation and Open House 2: March 31, 2017, at the Chatham Community Agriculture & Conference Center 6:30-8:30 PM. [1192 US Hwy 64 West Busines, Pittsboro]

 

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?
Yes
No

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.

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 park operated by the Town of Pittsboro or North Carolina State Parks, we want to know how you like to use them. Please review the poll questions below and provide your answers to each. New questions will be added often, so be sure to visit frequently to contribute your ideas and input. If you would like to add a comment, be sure it pertains to the question for the poll. Now on to the questions:

Pittsboro NC Poll:
Which Town of Pittsboro park or facility do you currently use?
Rock Ridge Park
Kiwanis Park
Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park
Page Vernon Park
Community House
McClenahan Park
Town Lake Park
Robeson Creek Greenway
None
Select Your Responses
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.
one month ago Reply 8
Yes, a dog park would be wonderful!
one month ago Reply 3
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.
one month ago Reply 7
Where is the 3M park? Didn't know there was one.
one month ago Reply 0
Rock Ridge Park is the 3M park referred to here.
2 hours ago Reply 0
Sure wish our parks had restrooms
one month ago Reply 6
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.
one month ago Reply 5
Greenways!!!!!
one month ago Reply 5
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.
one month ago Reply 4
Dog park!
one month ago Reply 4
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.
27 days ago Reply 3
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!
one month ago Reply 3
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.
one month ago Reply 3
Dog park!
one month ago Reply 3
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.
one month ago Reply 2
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
one month ago Reply 2
We could use more soccer fields, and lights on some existing fields
10 days ago Reply 1
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.
13 days ago Reply 1
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
10 days ago Reply 0
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.
24 days ago Reply 1
We could use a dog park with separate small/large dog areas.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
one month ago Reply 1
I wasn't aware of most of these parks.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
one month ago Reply 1
More pickleball courts. Almost thirty people showed up last Tuesday morning to play on three courts. Four players on a court at a time.
2 days ago Reply 0
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
6 days ago Reply 0
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.
8 days ago Reply 0
I would like to see Greenway connecting areas as well as for hiking and biking.
9 days ago Reply 0
Consider building bike lanes. Safer for all. Big Woods Rd. Is in desperate need of one.
10 days ago Reply 0
Dog Park!!!
12 days ago Reply 0
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.
12 days ago Reply 0
Love the walking trail at Rock Ridge and take advantage of it nearly every week.
one month ago Reply 0
I did not know pittsboro had more than town lake park
one month ago Reply 0
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
Chatham County parks
North Carolina State Parks
Chatham County Public Schools
Private clubs (health and fitness)
Sports groups (associations or traveling teams)
Neighboring town's or county's parks
Church or place of worship
National Parks or landmarks
Select Your Responses
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.
one month ago Reply 10
Yes! The Pittsboro YMCA needs a serious upgrade with a pool. Where are all the pools?!?!
3 days ago Reply 0
Agree!
10 days ago Reply 0
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.
one month ago Reply 6
Sports complex is needed for baseball, soccer, football, swimming, basketball....similar to Smithfield aquatics center
11 days ago Reply 4
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.
one month ago Reply 4
I strongly believe the area should have a sports complex as well. Better facilities promote more participation and healthier youth and adults.
11 days ago Reply 3
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.
13 days ago Reply 3
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?
12 days ago Reply 2
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!
5 days ago Reply 1
We go to Chapel Hill for basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball due to limited resources in Chatham
6 days ago Reply 1
We need nicer baseball fields
6 days ago Reply 1
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.
6 days ago Reply 1
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.
6 days ago Reply 1
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.
11 days ago Reply 1
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.
20 days ago Reply 1
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.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
one month ago Reply 1
Frequently visit Southern Community Small Dog Park.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
one month ago Reply 1
Jordan Lake.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
2 days ago Reply 0
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.
2 days ago Reply 0
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.
2 days ago Reply 0
Agree we need a public pool!
4 days ago Reply 0
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.
4 days ago Reply 0
Different parks offer different amenities. Need opportunities to relax, exercise, commune with nature plus group play and organized youth sports
5 days ago Reply 0
Would love to have a park on Moncure pittsboro rd Moncure for our kids and us to walk etc.
6 days ago Reply 0
White Pines Preserve is the natural area I visit most frequently. I love having hiking trails, and wish there were more nearby.
one month ago Reply 0
White Pines Nature Preserved managed by Triangle Land Conservancy
one month ago Reply 0
Triangle Land Conservancy Trails
one month ago Reply 0
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?
Facilities or parks are not maintained well enough
Program or event times are not convenient
Lack of safe access to park by car, bike or walking
I do not feel safe
I'm too busy
I do not know where the Town's parks or facilities are located
Too far from my home, work or school
I do not know what is offered
Vote to view results
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.
one month ago Reply 7
Dog park with fountain pond, overhead covering for shade would be awesome!
9 days ago Reply 3
lack of multi sport regulation size fields
one month ago Reply 6
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)
one month ago Reply 4
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.
one month ago Reply 4
Dog park, Please!
one month ago Reply 2
Dog park, please!
one month ago Reply 2
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.
one month ago Reply 2
I agree! Far too many times, the careless off-leash dogs have caused issues with my family.
2 days ago Reply 0
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.
10 days ago Reply 1
a dog park would be great.
one month ago Reply 1
More parks and linked by greenways.
one month ago Reply 1
outdoor space within my community and one nearby...great walking trails. Poor publicity about Pittsboro recreation facilities. No public pool for swimming.
one month ago Reply 1
Pool would be wonderful.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
one month ago Reply 1
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.
2 hours ago Reply 0
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.
2 days ago Reply 0
We need bike access and greenways to the parks we have.
2 days ago Reply 0
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.
2 days ago Reply 0
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
5 days ago Reply 0
I would like to see more hiking trails or greenways.
6 days ago Reply 0
No indoor basketball courts are available to our knowledge.
6 days ago Reply 0
Need more in the Moncure area
6 days ago Reply 0
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.
10 days ago Reply 0
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
12 days ago Reply 0
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.
one month ago Reply 0