Get the Facts: Cary Community Recreation and Sports Center

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Recent actions by Raleigh/Wake County to help fund Cary’s Community Recreation and Sports Center have generated significant public interest in the actual offerings and uses of the facility that will be located on up to five of the 87 acres of the Cary Towne Center redevelopment site.

Cary has a well-documented history of robust public engagement, and the Community Recreation and Sports Center project will be no exception.

As is detailed in the project schedule below, Cary’s response to Raleigh/Wake’s Request for Proposals is a starting point in the process of determining the Center’s actual offerings as well as its physical design. Public engagement on the Center’s actual design and offerings will begin this summer.

To be notified when the public engagement process begins, email your name and contact information to

Current Schedule

Winter/Spring 2021: 

  • Negotiate the funding agreement documents with Raleigh/Wake County.  
  • Hire an architectural design firm to develop and implement a process that engages Cary citizens and other stakeholders in helping determine the appropriate mix of uses for the Center.
  • Hire the individual who will manage Cary’s Center.

Summer-Fall 2021: Engage Cary citizens and other stakeholders.

Winter 2022: Develop the Center’s conceptual design.

Spring 2022-Summer 2023: Create the Center’s final design.

Spring 2023: Begin construction.

Spring 2025: Complete construction.


Learn more about Cary’s indoor recreation facilities assessments in western and central Cary

Read the Wake County Destination Strategic Plan that lays out sports and other tourism needs as well as guides funding from the hotel occupancy tax.

Read Wake/Raleigh's RFP.

Read Cary’s response to the Raleigh/Wake RFP

Learn about the Cary Towne Center Redevelopment Project


Project Co-managers 

Doug McRainey
Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
(919) 469-4066

Russ Overton
Deputy Town Manager
(919) 469-4033