A few observant Facebook users noticed a PowerPoint slide in the background of a photo that the town of Cary posted revealing that the much-awaited Downtown Park will have its ribbon cutting on November 19th, which was not previously known publicly. The post (featured below) was of Mayor Weinbrecht giving his State of Cary address at the Cary Chamber Planning Conference.
On Sunday, the mayor confirmed in his weekly blog post that the park will indeed have its ribbon cutting on November 19th, though the “fences may come down a few days before that.”
This is the first time an exact date has been announced.
The park was expected to open during the summer, but it was announced in March that the opening was delayed until fall.
The estimated $68.9 million project began construction after over 20 years of planning in 2021. Construction has really been ramping up in the past couple of months, with the installation of many different amenities.
A market that sells coffee, grab-and-go food, as well as other merchandise, has been built. Two large cardinal structures that kids can climb in and slide down arrived from Canada a few months ago and have been installed, and 650 new trees will be planted by the time the park opens.
Once complete, the park is expected to attract a lot of attention. The park hours will be 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, making it a possible destination for both early birds and night owls.
The park will be located on Academy Street between Dry Avenue and Park Street and will feature the iconic Cary fountain, a playground, a dog park, a bar next to the dog park, a performance stage, public art installations, landscaped gardens, splash pads, and more!