Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County is rich in opportunities for outdoor recreation. But, sometimes overlooked, the park system right here in the town of Pittsboro offers many of its own unique charms.
A Guide to Pittsboro Parks
For a small town, Pittsboro has lot of parks. Six, in fact.
Here’s a quick run-down of Pittsboro’s parks and recreational facilities plus a few interesting facts you may not know.
Community House, 78 Thompson Street – Built in the 1930’s, it is now dedicated to community use. Community House’s reasonable rental fees and historic charm make this the perfect place to host a community event. Many events take place here every month.
On the walls inside you’ll find happy animal art by Chatham County artist Forrest Greenslade. And around back log benches make a circle for groups to enjoy the outdoors. Also picnic outside on the 2 picnic tables.
The rental for Community House is subject to availability (of course) and is based on 1-3 hours of use and then per hour. Base rate: $60.00 per use per day and then $20.00 per additional hour. Call Ann Wilke to make reservations at (919) 542-4621 ext. 21.
Kiwanis Park, 209 Credle Street – Founded by a group of determined mothers, this park is geared toward children under 5 and their parents. The park is now filled with wonderful natural playground features created by local craftsmen after it underwent a major renovation in 2009.
Families enjoy swings, 2 sandboxes, a boulder play area, log stepping stones and landscaping designed for play and enjoyment.
Mary Holmes Park
Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park, 304 Old Rock Springs Cemetery Road – Located in the Powell Place Community, this 10 acre park has many great features. It has a huge multi-use field and 1/3rd of a mile of paved walking trails. You can also find beautiful natural walking trails that meander about in the 4 1/2 acres of hardwood forest.
Check out the picnic area in the large shelter, visit a gazebo with a living roof, and find a children’s play area featuring unique climbing sculptures. Recent additions are a swing set and wooden teeter-totter.
McClenahan Park, 209 Pittsboro Elementary School Road – Located at the corner of Pittsboro Elementary School Road and McClenahan Street. This park is well known for its 3 lighted tennis courts and 3 lighted half basketball courts.
Rock Ridge Park
Rock Ridge Park, 1397 Sanford Road – Rock Ridge Park is located adjacent to 15-501 south of the Town of Pittsboro and near the intersection of Charlie Brooks Road and Old Sanford Road.
This 52 acre Community Nature Park features an 80 foot long zipline, a cool German pendulum swing, a unique wooden play fort, a kilometer of paved walking trails and a mini amphitheatre.
Some future plans for this large park include a 1 acre dog park, a disc golf course, bike trails and a soccer field.
Town Lake Park
Town Lake Park, 250 NC 902 Hwy – This 36 acre park is within easy walking distance to downtown. There you can find 2 soccer fields, a picnic shelter, fitness equipment, an information kiosk and about a mile of trails and a great little fishing hole.
Boardwalks and a tall wooden bridge grace the trail which links into our nascent greenway network.
While not a Pittsboro park per se, one must mention Jordan Lake. It’s the 14,000 acre park in our backyard.
I’ve written lots of stuff about Jordan Lake, including fishing, hiking, boating, fall camping and eagle watching. Read more about Jordan Lake.
More Chatham County Parks
In a future post, I’ll write about parks in other parts of Chatham County like Siler City, Bynum and the American Tobacco Trail.
Help me gather info – if you have a favorite Chatham County park or trail, drop me a note:
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