Jack Smith Park

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Jack Smith Park playground image9725 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 be open May 14 through September 16, 2018.
  • 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. 
  • 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 October 1-April 30. Due to sprayground operations, reservations are not accepted May 1-September 30.
  • 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 cast off 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 dependent).  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 signof thunder, lightning, or severe weather.

  • Swim suits 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