Neighborhood Park on Carpenter Fire Station Road

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Project Update

On June 27, 2019, the Cary Town Council approved the master plan and master plan report for the Neighborhood Park on McCrimmon Parkway along with the master plan for the park on Carpenter Fire Station Road. The consultants are now proceeding with construction design. Construction budget and schedule are dependent on outcome of the upcoming parks bond that will be on the ballot this fall.

Project Background

A proposed 20-acre neighborhood park site is located at the southwest corner of Carpenter Fire Station Road and Highcroft Drive in northwest Cary. Approximately 16.8 acres of the park land was obtained by a dedication from the Cameron Pond subdivision rezoning. The Town of Cary purchased an additional three residential parcels totaling 3.86 acres that front Carpenter Fire Station Road.

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Project Scope

This neighborhood park will serve citizens in northwest Cary. Facilities to be built on this property will be determined through a public input process and through meetings with the staff team for this project. The park will likely include many of the facilities recommended for neighborhood parks by the Cary Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Facilities Master Plan. This plan can be viewed within the Cary Community Plan.

The final program will be worked out through the design process; however, many of the following items are common in Cary’s neighborhood parks:

  • Preservation of Natural Features: Protecting and enhancing the site's natural features is anticipated to be a critical component to the park.
  • Open Lawn Area: Lawn areas that are not programmed will most likely be a critical element in the park.
  • Site Amenities: May include seating, bike racks, picnic shelters, basketball/pickleball courts, restroom building and water/dog fountain.
  • Children’s Play Areas
  • Parking: 40-60 spaces
  • Paved Greenway Trail: A connection from the park to the Cary greenway system is planned.

Project Cost and Schedule

Budget: $850,000 has been budgeted for design and engineering documentation. 

Construction funding has not been approved for this project yet. Once funding has been approved, a schedule for construction will be identified.

The Park Master Planning process started in the fall of 2017 and is planned to be completed in 2019. 

Anticipated start and completion of this project will occur 2020-2024.

McCrimmon Park

Dutchmen's Branch Greenway

Annie Jones Park Tennis Courts Replacement

Dunham Park Tennis Courts Replacement

Sk8-Cary Improvements

Veterans Freedom Park Enhancements

Penny Road School Park Refurbishment

Tryon Road Park

Walnut Creek Greenway

January 30, 2018: Public Meeting #1

March 20, May 22, and November 1, 2018: Citizens Resource Team Meetings

November 7, 2018: Public Meeting #2 (Open House)

November 5 & March 4: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Board presentation

December 19: Public Art Advisory Board presentation

Winter/Spring 2019: Town Council presentation

June 27, 2019:  Town Council presentation (proposed)

Project Documents

Draft Master Plan

Draft Master Plan Report

Appendix -  Master Plan Report

Appendix - Meetings & Public Comments

Preliminary master plans

Slide show shown at November 7 Open House

Public art components 

Site Inventory Maps

Site Analysis Plan

Preliminary Concepts shown at Public Meeting #1

Public Meeting #1 Summary

Public Meeting #1 Artist Summary

Preliminary Concept Plan (Spring 2018)

Preliminary Concept Description (Spring 2018)

Project documents for the Neighborhood Park on McCrimmon Parkway


Amy Mackintosh, PLA
Landscape Architect
Transportation & Facilities Department
(919) 460-4973