Jim Orr

Synthetic Turf Causes Community Concerns

In June, the Chapel Hill Town Council agreed to move forward with new synthetic turf for the Homestead Park soccer field. But since that decision, community members have expressed concerns about dangerous carcinogens in the rubber that could endanger the athletes, contaminate storm water and harm the environment. In response to these concerns, Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr released a “Frequently Asked Questions” document. He addressed many of these points during the June town meeting, including the main reason for the project. “There’s a variety of reasons, and one main reason is that you can play on the surface...

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Chapel Hill Moves Forward with New Cemetery Marker

Since the discovery of 361 unmarked graves in a section of The Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, the town has struggled to find the best way to honor them. A marker was installed in early February, but was quickly removed after community members expressed concerns about its wording and design. Since then, the town has formed a committee to design a new marker based on community input. Parks and Recreation director Jim Orr presented the committee’s suggestions during the public meeting Monday night. “Tonight we’re here to ask you to approve resolution R3 that recommends the wording from the naming...

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