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Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Parks and Recreation department invites all Chatham County residents to the grand opening for the newly constructed Northeast District Park located on 5408 Big Woods Road is slated for August 19 from 5 to 8 pm. The event will include a ceremony, activities and games for all ages.
In the summer of 2007, the Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of 66 acres of land on Big Woods Road as the site of a new Northeast District Park, which has been in the Park & Recreation Master Plan since 1999. The land was purchased using funds from the county's recreation fee paid by developers when land is subdivided into lots of 10 acres or less.
On Sept. 7, 2010, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners awarded a bid for the first phase of construction with substantial grant funding to support the costs. The board also permanently set aside 15.3 acres of the park as a conservation easement using a $208,486 grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF).
The commissioners approved the bid award of $1.46 million to Modern South Construction for phase one construction. This phase included:
Phase one is funded with a combination of $838,486 in grants and the remainder from the county’s Parks Capital Reserve, with a total budget of $2,016,705. The largest grant is $500,000 from the State Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The property for the park was purchased with recreation fees paid by developers.
The state gamelands adjacent to the park forbids the use of firearms in the gamelands around the park. Signage is posted to indicate that only bow shooting is allowed in this area during hunting season.
While the park will be open to the public for general use, grass for the athletic fields must be in suitable condition for those programs to begin. This means that baseball, softball and soccer programs will not begin until the spring of 2012 and football will begin in the fall of 2012.
Additional activities or announcements include:
Adult Co-Ed Softball: Registration period July 25 – August 26; games on Sunday afternoons and evenings at Earl Thompson Park in Bynum; season begins after Labor Day.
Chatham Parks Foundation Golf Tournament: Registration through Sept. 2, fee is $240 per team; tournament held on Sept. 12 at The Preserve Golf Course at Jordan Lake; hole in one wins $10,000. Funds raised will support parks and recreation facilities and programs in the county.
Free Open Gym Play: For high school students and adults; Chatham Central High School from 1 to 5 pm, Mondays-Thursdays. Enjoy open basketball play, weight lifting (some restrictions apply) and walking laps in the gym.
One Stroke Art Classes: Must register the Tuesday before class date; held at Parks & Recreation Department office, 90 East Street in Pittsboro; $20 per person per class. Class options:
• Oversized Fruit, August 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
• Handmade Cards, Sept. 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm.
Staying Cool with Pedal Boats: The Parks and Recreation Department offers two-person pedal boat rentals on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 pm at Northwest District Park, located on 2413 Woody Store Road near Silk Hope; cost is $5 per hour or $3 for 30 minutes.
Other Facility Rentals at Northwest Park: Swimming pool available to rent for four hours at cost of $100; dining hall overlooking the pond available for three hours at cost of $75. Both are available only on weekends through September.
Shelter Rental at Southwest Park: Picnic shelter with kitchen can be rented for $50 for three hours. The park is located at 15124 NC Highway 902, next to Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek.
More Rental Information: Visit web site under County Parks & Trails or call 919-545-8555.
Change in Fees: The Parks and Recreation Department also announces a new registration fee of $30 for all youth recreation programs, effective July 1, 2011. Tennis clinic registration also increased to $50 on that date.
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