Cary Celebrates Completion of Downtown Park, Academy Street Renovations
- Cary is throwing a street party on June 24 from 4:30-9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of Downtown Park and completion of the Academy Street renovation project.
- Featuring food trucks, live music, street performers, and a special dedication ceremony followed by a finale light show at the fountain.
- Academy Street will be closed from Charlie Gaddy Lane at the Cary Library up to the Cary Arts Center, including Dry Avenue, from 4 to 10 p.m.
Cary, N.C. – Cary’s signature street and its crown jewel get the royal treatment as the Town of Cary invites everyone to the Downtown Park and Academy Street Celebration and Dedication on June 24 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The free festivities - to include live music, food and beverage trucks, and plenty of fun for the whole family - will take place along South Academy Street from Chatham Street to Dry Avenue. A special dedication by the Cary Town Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Park, with a grand finale at dusk featuring a light show at the fountain.
“The renovations along Academy Street are finished, and now it’s time to show it off and Downtown Park with a special Celebration and Dedication,” said Sonya Snyder, Special Services supervisor. “We are excited to have citizens come out and see for themselves the ongoing transformation of downtown Cary by enjoying an evening of amazing sights and sounds for all ages.”
The fun kicks off with street performers all along Academy Street, providing a variety of entertainment including stilt walkers, bubble artists, hand acrobatics, and the Cary Ballet. “Celebrate the Street” is for citizens to have a good time while seeing the improvements along the corridor. As part of “Celebrate the Park,” live music will come from Chris Overstreet from 5-6:15 p.m., followed by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba from 7-8:30 p.m. Also at 5 p.m., games including bocce, table tennis, foosball and cornhole will be available; along with make-and-take crafts for kids and facepainting. Looking for refreshments? La Farm, The Humble Pig, Annalore’s Bakery, The Mayton Inn, and Fresh Ice Cream will be selling their wares; while Bond Brothers, Jordan Lake Brewing, Chatham Hill Wine, and Chatham Street Wine will take care of beer and wine.
At 6:30 p.m., Downtown Park will get its official dedication from the Town. A ceremonial coin will be flipped into the fountain to mark the occasion, and citizens are invited to bring coins to join in the celebration with all money helping support the Relief for Recreation Scholarship Fund. There will also be a chocolate coin giveaway, while supplies last. The evening’s festivities will come to a conclusion with a fountain lights and music show at dusk, approximately 8:45 p.m.
Only service animals are allowed, no pets. Parking is available in downtown Cary and the parking lots at Cary Elementary and Cary Public Library. Multiple parking areas are available around Downtown Park, including accessible parking at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., and parallel parking along South Academy Street. Please mind all parking signs if parking in private lots. For drivers, Academy Street will be closed from Charlie Gaddy Lane at the Cary Library, up to the Cary Arts Center, including Dry Avenue from 4 to 10 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, citizens can visit www.townofcary.org/rainout for the latest programming information.
South Academy Street’s revitalization was critical to the successful redevelopment of downtown Cary. The project created a visually enhanced section of South Academy Street and Dry Avenue in the area between Chatham Street and Walnut Street with enhanced pedestrian spaces, upgraded sidewalks, unique streetscape elements, landscaping, public art and utilities. Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., is a true urban park that offers a destination in for all ages. Citizens can enjoy public art, play games, congregate on benches and chairs, watch the water fountain’s lighted show, and enjoy entertainment on the performance plaza.
For more, go to Downtown Park at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 460-4963. And for more fun in downtown Cary, follow @TOC_Downtown on Twitter and check out our calendar at www.townofcary.org/calendar.
Sonya Snyder, Special Services Supervisor, (919) 469-4065
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240