Paul HorneParks Planner480 Hillsboro StreetChatham Mills, Suite 400Pittsboro, NC 27312(919) 533-5480 - office(919) 542-1519 - direct
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Paul Horne believes that great parks, vibrant commercial centers, conserved natural areas, recreational facilities, and neighborhoods with socially geared open space, linked by tree lined sidewalks and greenways form the backbone a great community.
Mr. Horne has lived in Chatham County for over twenty years and is passionate about the people and unique characteristics that make Pittsboro such a great place to live. He feels that a well-integrated parks system contributes to a community’s quality of life at every scale. Additionally, he’s a believer in the capacity of parks to promote holistic health, encourage sustainability, foster arts and culture, and generate happiness, all while offering an incredible return on investment.
Serving the Town of Pittsboro since 2008, Mr. Horne’s passion for placemaking is reflected in the Parks he's added to Pittsboro's system.
- Mary Hayes Barber Holmes Park, winner of NCASLA honor award for design
- Rock Ridge Park, a fifty two acre neighborhood park
- Page Vernon Park, an urban pocket park in the heart of downtown
- The sidewalk connection from West Street to the Community College & Library
- Renovation of Kiwanis Park, one of NC’s earliest Natural Playground example
- Rock Ridge Park Disc Golf Course, top ranked in the triangle, and within the top 10 in NC
These assets represent over two million dollars in added parks infrastructure for our citizens.
Pittsboro’s two flagship parks Rock Ridge and Mary Holmes Parks were both half-million dollar Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Projects. Mr. Horne provided design guidance and development, grant administration, project management, and construction administration. The two parks now form the backbone of the Pittsboro Parks system.
Mr. Horne holds a Masters in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Horne serves as the Department Head of the Parks and Recreation Department and administers all Parks and Recreation related functions for the Town. He informs and manages the Parks and Recreation operating and capital budgets, oversees the development of the parks system, manages park maintenance, and oversees the strategic direction of the department via the creation of the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan and other parks related plans. He works closely with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
Before serving the Town, Mr. Horne was a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst for a consulting firm in Raleigh. There he developed web-served mapping applications, provided spatial analytics, data modeling, and mapping for planning projects throughout the state.