The Public Space Division is tasked with developing and maintaining facilities and grounds available to the public, including parks, greenways, cemeteries, sidewalks, streets and urban spaces.
Protecting and preserving Hillsborough’s small-town charm and community character is a top priority for the town. Hillsborough seeks to provide healthy public spaces that encourage relationships and showcase the natural and cultural resources of the town.
The division uses placemaking strategies and sustainability principles to ensure a healthy environment while also providing inviting spaces where residents and visitors can explore and congregate. Connectivity and accessibility are key goals. The division focuses on building accessible bicycle and pedestrian connections between neighborhoods and area destinations. Because beauty and function are integral parts of a well-built urban environment, the division looks for opportunities to integrate public art into the landscape.
Parks and greenways
From neighborhood parks to greenways, Hillsborough offers many opportunities for recreation. For more information, see the recreation facilities page on this website.
The division oversees grounds maintenance at the three town-maintained cemeteries. The Public Works Department oversees cemetery operations and burials at the Town Cemetery. For more information, see the cemeteries page on this website.
Public construction management
The Public Space Division studies and oversees most major town construction projects, including advertising for and accepting bids. See the public projects and bid postings pages on this website for more information.
Advisory board support
Three of the town's appointed advisory boards are supported by Public Space Division staff:
- Parks and Recreation Board — works to prioritize recommendations in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Community Connectivity Plan and reviews recreational resources for new developments in town.
- Tree Board — works to prioritize town planting projects and hears requests by residents for planting and removal of town trees. The Tree Board also provides public education about tree care and oversees the Tree City USA and Bee City USA programs.
Comprehensive Sustainability Plan
The town is developing a comprehensive sustainability plan to advance its sustainability and resiliency goals, including its clean energy pledge. The plan will guide future development and the transition to 100% clean energy, balancing environmental stewardship, resiliency and racial justice with smart growth that will allow for a thriving economy and quality of life for the residents of Hillsborough. For more information, see the Comprehensive Sustainability Plan page on this website.
101 E. Orange St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
Offices are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Administrative Support Specialist
Public Space Manager