Town staff and design consultants held an Open House at The Hive on November 7 from 4-7 p.m. to display and receive comments on the preliminary master plans, including the public art components for the two parks, and to provide information about the process and next steps. A slide show summarizing the process to date and illustrating some of the master plan concepts was also on display. Comments may also be emailed to Amy.Mackintosh@townofcary.org
A proposed 20-acre neighborhood park site is located at the southeast corner of Green Level Church Road and McCrimmon Parkway in northwest Cary. The site was purchased in 2007 with a portion of the funding coming from a $700,000 grant from the Wake County Open Space Preservation Program.
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, however, 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: An existing pedestrian tunnel under Green Level Church Road will provide a connection from the park to the Cary greenway system.
Project Cost and Schedule
Budget: $850,000 has been budgeted for design and engineering services.
Construction funding has not been approved for this project yet. Once it is, 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.
January 30, 2018: Public Meeting #1
March 20, May 22, and November 1: Citizens Resource Team Meetings
November 7, 2018: Public Meeting #2 (Open House)
November 5 and February 4: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Board presentation
December 19: Public Art Advisory Board presentation
Winter/Spring 2019: Town Council presentation
Amy Mackintosh, PLA
Transportation & Facilities Department