It is the mission of the Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department to serve, educate, and enhance life for the citizens of Cary. Our professional staff plans and provides a variety of enjoyable and cost-effective recreation, sports, environmental, historical, and cultural arts programs and services. We acquire, develop, beautify, conserve, and maintain a system of parks, greenways, and recreation facilities which will assure quality leisure opportunities for all Cary residents.
The Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has been nationally accredited since 2002.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Board and three committees represent the citizens of Cary in partnership with the Town.
Doug McRainey, Director
The Administration Division coordinates the work of all the Department’s divisions, which include Athletics, Cultural Arts, and Recreation Programs. The primary areas of responsibility include office management, special projects, parks, greenway and open space planning, capital projects administration, customer service/staff training, marketing, and supervision of all divisions.
Current Projects and Master Plans
William Davis, Athletics Program Manager
The Athletics Division is responsible for planning, implementing, and supervising diverse youth and adult programs and special events. This division offers the youth and adults of Cary well-structured, supervised, and enjoyable athletic league programs. We stress participation for the promotion of physical and mental well being. These programs are designed to provide a competitive recreation opportunity that promotes fitness and well being to the participants through team and individual league play. Adults can participate in softball, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. The goals of the program include participation, sportsmanship, and fun. Youth can benefit from league play in baseball, softball, and basketball as well as a variety of sports camps/clinics in volleyball, baseball, golf, softball, tennis, and basketball.
Athletic special events provide a unique and diverse participation opportunity for local, state, and national competitors. These events promote a positive economic impact on the community. Some special events offer a higher level of competition with advancement to other state and national competitions. These events also provide spectator opportunities for the citizens as well as surrounding communities.
Cultural Arts Division
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager
The Cultural Arts Division encompasses the Cary Arts Center, the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, and special events, performances, and festivals. As a division, through our programs and activities we encourage you to discover the wealth of cultural opportunities available to Cary's citizens. Our classes offer you the opportunity to explore your creativity; our festivals and events bring our community together for shared experiences; our work with cultural groups showcases the Cary community's talents.
Recreation Programs Division
Dwayne Jones, Recreation Programs Manager
The Recreation Programs Division provides a wide range of programs for all ages. Recreational programs, both indoor and outdoor, are offered at Bond Park, Bond Park Community Center, Herbert C. Young Community Center, Middle Creek Community Center, and the Cary Senior Center. The Stevens Nature Center provides environmental education programs in ecology, environmental stewardship, preservation and nature appreciation. Summer camps enhance the quality of life for youth by providing a variety of leisure activities and opportunities for personal development. Teen Scene provides diverse events, programs, projects and social and cultural activities designed for teens to develop leadership, maturity and community involvement.
In addition to our program offerings, we provide Cary citizens the opportunity to rent facilities for group functions, such as picnics, meetings, and other social occasions.