Fitts Park Before Mayor Cunnup Ribbon Cutting Fitts Park After

Earl B. Fitts Park in Goldston before playground addition.

Goldston Mayor Tim Cunnup cuts ribbon for new playground.

Earl B. Fitts Park in Goldston after the playground addition is complete.


The 2014 Active Chatham Grant Application is now available. Please click here to download the application. Note: The deadline for applications is now April 21, 2014.

The purpose of this grant is to provide physical activity opportunities for public use located entirely within Chatham County. Funds should be used to create, enhance or increase access to parks, trails, playgrounds or sidewalks to increase physical activity. Proposals will be accepted from Chatham County Public Schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations.


What is Active Chatham?

Active Chatham is a community-based coalition that advocates for health through physical activity and fitness.

Active Chatham was started in 2000 to encourage Chatham residents to become more physically active. This group also works to promote physical activity in schools, worksites, and communities.


Chatham County Walking Groups

For those who enjoy walking with others, Chatham County has compiled a list of walking groups and when they meet:

  • Central Carolina Community College, 764 West Street, Pittsboro, Wednesdays at 5:15 pm (weather permitting), contact Lisa Thomas,
  • Earnest Ramsey Gym, 512 E 6th Street, Siler City, Monday thru Friday from 7 am – 10 am, contact Town of Siler City Parks and Recreation, 919-742-4732
  • Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Highway 87, Pittsboro, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 9 am (April - October) and at 2 pm (November-March), sponsored by the Chatham County Council on Aging, contact Lindsay Hickling,
  • Northeast District Park, 5408 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill, Tuesdays at 8 am & Thursdays at 6 pm (April-November), contact Chatham County Parks and Recreation,
  • Northwest District Park, 2413 Woody Store Road, Siler City, Saturdays & Mondays, (April-November) at 9 am, contact Chatham County Parks and Recreation,
  • Paul Braxton Gym, 115 S 3rd Avenue, Siler City, Monday thru Friday from 6 am – 10 am, contact Town of Siler City Parks and Recreation, 919-742-4732
  • Southwest District Park, 15124 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek, Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays at 8 am and Thursdays at 6 pm (April-November), contact Chatham County Parks and Recreation,
  • Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City, 10 am on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, sponsored by Chatham County Council on Aging, contact Marlene Stonecipher,

Groups sponsored by specific county departments meet and walk or run at governmental facilities or other sponsored locations and is led by staff or designated volunteers.

Chatham County Physical Activity Guide

Looking for a place to walk, bike, or play in Chatham County? Look no further! This Physical Activity Map has a list of available free locations that offer you the opportunity to get moving and have fun. Printed versions are available starting July 2013 at the Chatham County Public Health Department located at 80 East Street, Pittsboro, NC.

Click here for the Physical Activity Resource Guide.

 What has Active Chatham done in the past?

  • Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk- Click here for more information.
  • Carry out programs for schools and other groups
  • Improve existing county trails
  • Park clean-ups
  • Pedometer program
  • Promote the importance of physical activity.
  • Serve as advisers to county physical activity related projects
  • Walk Pittsboro

Active Chatham Bylaws

  • Click here for the Active Chatham Bylaws, approved April 2013.

For more information or to be a part of Active Chatham, contact Jennifer Parker at 919-545-8444 or at

New Parks Blog

The town of Pittsboro Parks and Recreation has started a blog. Click here for the latest scoop on Pittsboro parks.

Why is physical activity so important?

Physical activity does the following:

  • Decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes high blood pressure, and some types of cancer  
  • Reduces feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Controls weight
  • Helps build healthy bones, muscles, and joints

How much physical activity should I get?

 Adults should meet one of these physical activity recommendations: 

  • Adults should engage in moderate intensity (walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming, or bicycling on flat ground), physical activities for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week.
    - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/American College of Sports Medicine


  • Adults should engage in vigorous intensity (jogging, mowing the lawn with a nonmotorized pushmower, high-impact aerobic dancing, swimming continuous laps, or bicycling uphill), physical activity 3 or more days per week for 20 or more minutes per occasion
    Healthy People 2010

Where can I find more information on getting physically active?

Try the following links for more information:

Active Living by Design- 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical Activity Page-

Eat Smart Move More North Carolina-

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Guide to Physical Activity-

United States Department of Agriculture Inside the Pyramid-


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