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Chatham County Approves Concept Plans for Two Parks

Post Date:09/24/2019 9:05 AM

PITTSBORO, NC— On August 19, 2019, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved the park master plan for Earl Thompson Park in Bynum and Southwest District Park in Bear Creek. The planned improvements are part of the Comprehensive Master Plan for Parks, Recreation, Greenways and Blueways, which the Board approved earlier this year. The Comprehensive Master Plan will guide the future of Chatham County parks, recreation programs, facilities, greenways and more over the next ten years. Earl Thompson and Southwest Park are the first in the Comprehensive Master Plan to be redeveloped since they were constructed first.

The park master plans for Earl Thompson Park include natural surface trails, an all-inclusive playground, a picnic shelter and a natural amphitheater. The park master plan for Southwest District Park includes a community center, walking trail expansion, a splash pad, basketball courts and tennis/pickle ball courts. Over the next few months, Chatham County staff will be working to prioritize these elements, develop a park phasing plan and secure funding sources.

“We are excited about the vision for Earl Thompson and Southwest District Parks,” said Tracy Burnett, director of Chatham County Parks & Recreation. “We hope the improvements will give an enhanced experience for parkgoers in our community.” 

In addition to the park master plans for Southwest and Earl Thompson Parks, there will be three more park plans: a master plan for Southeast Park in Moncure, a Brooks Creek Corridor plan and an updated master plan for Northeast Park.

The public is encouraged to attend input sessions scheduled for Southeast Park in Moncure. Dates, times and locations are: 

  • Moncure/Haywood Food Truck Festival
  • October 5, 2019, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Moncure School, 600 Moncure School Road, Moncure 
  • Park Design Workshop Open House
  • November, 7, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Moncure Fire Station #8, 2389 Old US 1, Moncure

  • Park Concept Open House
  • December 9, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Moncure Fire Station #8, 2389 Old US 1, Moncure

Residents can stay updated on developments with the park master plans by visiting Also, community members can receive email updates by visiting; scroll down to the News section; look for Parks & Rec Master Plan News.