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Climate change (aka Global Warming) claims are unsupportable on the evidence

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 03:47
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:27 -0500 From: chathammatters Subject: Climate Change (Chatham County Commission) response to Gina Robertson Gina, Thank you for your reply, I appreciate your thoughtful response. However you make a number of claims which are unsupportable on the evidence. You say that “The overwhelming consensus of those people (who study climate […]

April Fools? – Pittsboro Cat Parks

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 21:48
Survey results are in - Pittsboro residents rank Cat Parks as their number one parks and recreational priority. Cat Parks easily outranked other priorities by large margins. Survey respondents claim that for too long cats have been overshadowed by dogs. Items such as a robust greenway network, a thousand acre nature preserve, a downtown park capable of hosting downtown events such as farmers markets, food truck rodeos, and picnicking just couldn't compete.  Even playgrounds for kids, sports complexes, neighborhood open spaces, and aquatics centers got far fewer votes than the latest trend in leisure, cat parks.Seriously though, if you receive a survey in the mail asking about your parks and recreation priorities, please take a few minutes to fill it out.  And if you are a Pittsboro area resident and want to participate in online surveys for the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan, please do so at Or you could let others decide. .  . .  

Breakfast Forum Examines Economic Impact of Place, Parks, and Quality of Life

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 19:47
PITTSBORO  – The Town of Pittsboro Parks Department and the Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will host a forum, The Power of Place, Parks and Quality of Life: An Economic Development Perspective, on Tuesday, April 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will take place at the new Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.Experts in their respective fields will share their perspectives on how investments in Parks and Recreation and Economic Development go hand in hand. Panelists include: 
  • Kyle Touchstone – President, Chatham Economic Development Corporation
  • Jody Leidolf – Manager, Planning and Sustainability, Newland Communities
  • Sig Hutchinson – Chair, Wake County Board of Commissioners, and open space advocate
Paul Horne, Parks Planner for the Town of Pittsboro, will moderate the panel discussion.The event is free and open to the public. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact to make an individual or group reservation. Light breakfast snacks and beverages will be provided.

Light breakfast snacks & coffee will be served so please RSVP.The Town of Pittsboro is currently seeking public participation and input for the development of a long-range Parks System Master Plan. To learn more about the project, visit more information about the forum, contact Kyle Touchstone, president of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, at 919-542-8274 or Paul Horne at 919-542-4621.

The EDC is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote job creation and private capital investment in Chatham County.

The mission of Pittsboro Parks is to enrich the lives of Pittsboro’s residents through the creation of great public spaces, provision of recreational programming and the hosting of special events.  In doing so, we foster sustainable economic development, support the arts, encourage healthy lifestyles, and enable deeper connections to nature.  Link to RSVP for complimentary tickets:

What is a Parks & Recreation System Master Plan?

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 18:35
Great question; one of the best answers that I've come across is below:

"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.

Jan Gehl (1987), the Danish urbanist and architect, states,
'The proper hierarchy of planning is life, space and buildings, not buildings, space, life.' Therefore communities need to plan for open spaces that provide a multitude of public functions before development occurs.  These functions are numerous and may include:
  • Protection of natural resources and biodiversity;
  • Creation of places for recreation;
  • Support for economic development opportunities;
  • Development of neighborhood gathering spaces;
  • Promotion of public health benefits;
  • Creation of civic and cultural infrastructure; and 
  • Shaping patterns of development through open spaces."
Source: American Planning Association. (2006). Parks and open-space plans. In planning and urban design standards (p. 38). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. 

Play fort at Rock Ridge ParkI find the above text to be a pretty elegant synopsis of what parks planning is all about.

As the Town develops our Parks & Recreation System Master Plan, look forward to articles here providing insights into the planning process as well as articles highlighting some of the conceptual underpinnings of why we're engaged in this process.  So stay tuned. . . .

3rd annual Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge will be held on April 22

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 16:31
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 21:00:54 +0000 From: Erin Suwattana Subject: Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge Partnership for Children hosts 3rd annual ultramarathon event The third annual Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge will be held on April 22, 2017, with a new venue and a faster course. This year, the course will be […]

Bingo will be played Thursday, April 6 at Silk Hope Community Building

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 16:18
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 01:52:32 +0000 (UTC) From: Ethel Lindley Subject: Bingo Bingo will be played Thursday ( 4/6 17 ) at Silk Hope Community Building. Doors open at 5:30 and playing starts at 6:30. Enjoy a night of fun and fellowship while supporting a worthy cause. Smoke free environment and alcohol is prohibited.

Come Rock with Bynum Front Porch this Spring and Summer!

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:43
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:48:36 -0400 From: Bynum Front Porch Subject: Come Rock with Bynum Front Porch! *April 8: 10a – 12p Bynum Front Porch Bluegrass Pickin’ – *an acoustic jam. Singers, all ages and skill levels welcome. April 8: 6:30 – 9p Bynum Front Porch Storytelling show. Beggars and Choosers’ Pam Smith, Tyndall […]

Pittsboro multiple sclerosis support group meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at 6 pm

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 15:24
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:58:58 -0400 From: Eileen McKenna – MS Group Subject: Pittsboro MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Self-Help Group Mtg. Tues 4/18/2017 6PM Got MS?  You’re not alone!  Please join our multiple sclerosis support group on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00PM at an eatery in Pittsboro.  For exact location, please contact Eileen at *protected email*   or 919-535-4135, […]

Free Film Premiere April 7th at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 20:57
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:21:38 -0400 From: Craig Kolman Subject: Free Film Premiere April 7th at Chatham Mills! Hope to see you at Chatham Mills this Friday, April 7th for a free film screening! Free Film Premiere Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print Friday, April 7th Doors: 6:30 pm, Film: 7 pm Chatham […]