Cary is currently under a Stay-at-Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most public-facing and staffed facilities are closed to the public, including Town Hall. All playgrounds are closed but greenways, parks, and park restrooms remain open at this time. Some services have been canceled or are limited. Learn more.

Jack Smith Park

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In support of Wake County's restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, Town of Cary playgrounds are closed until further notice. Greenways, parks, and restrooms within parks remain open at this time. Learn more.

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9725 Penny Road

The 50-acre tract, formerly the Bartley family farm, is on the south side of Penny Road near Holly Springs Road. Located in southeastern Cary, the outstanding natural and man-made features of the park site present an opportunity to create a unique facility in the Town’s recreational offerings. 


  • Playground: A unique structure for ages 2-12
  • Sprayground: The Town's first splash pad has seven water features and is for ages 12 and younger. The sprayground will open on Monday, May 13, 2019 and will close for the season on Sunday, September 15, 2019. 
  • Dog Park: Passes can be purchased for this off-leash dog park at any of the Town's community centers. The passes are valid for Jack Smith Park and Godbold Dog Parks. The Dog Park will be closed the second Wednesday of each month from 7 a.m. to noon for monthly maintenance.   
  • Climbing Boulder: This 10-foot tall climbing rock for beginner to experienced climbers is inspired by nature.
  • Picnic Shelter: The picnic shelter can accommodate up to 20 people. It is available for reservations during the months of March, April and October. The shelter is first come first served November through February. Due to sprayground operations, reservations are not accepted April-September.
  • Picnic Tables
  • Greenway Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Public Art: Artists Vollis Simpson from Lucama, NC and William Moore from Pittsboro, NC were commissioned to create unique features for the park. Both drew inspiration from the land's former use as a farm. Simpson’s three whirligigs, made from castoff machine parts and farm equipment, spin in the breeze. Moore's flock of nine Suffolk sheep, a distinctive feature of the original Bartley farm, will graze in the open play field near the playground area.

Sprayground Guidelines

  • Operates daily 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (weather permitting). The sprayground operates from mid-May through mid-September.

  • No lifeguard on duty. Use at your own risk.

  • Splash pad availability is weather dependent. You must exit with any sign of thunder, lightning, or severe weather.

  • Swimsuits and/or appropriate attire must be worn at all times.

  • Swim diapers must be worn by children who are not potty trained.

  • No pets, food, drink or glass containers allowed.

  • No running or rough play.

  • Do not drink the splash pad water.

  • No skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters, or wheeled toys on the splash pad.

  • Any person violating rules may be required to leave the splash pad area.

Park Map

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Park Hours

  • Sunrise to Sunset