(Above photo from Town of Cary)
Dorothy Park is one of the smallest parks in the town, but it still has that undeniable Cary charm.
Located at 720 Griffis Street, the park is nestled in the middle of a neighborhood loop minutes from downtown. You can park on-street, and it is also accessible through the Higgins Greenway. Parking space is limited, but Dorothy Park is rarely busy, so you probably won’t have an issue. Make sure you do not block anyone’s driveway when visiting the park (you can park your car on the left side of the street where the park is, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that).
Unlike other parks featured in The Cary Report, Dorothy Park doesn’t have a playground, no events are held here, and there are no tennis or pickleball courts. Dorothy is just a nice, quiet, relaxing space where you can have a picnic, maybe play catch in the (very) small field, or just sit on the bench and do some bird watching. The trees produce a lot of shade, so you’ll still be able to keep cool even in the summer heat.
Higgins Greenway is right across the street from the park, and is a quaint little stroll if you’re looking to get some steps in. It is only .8 miles long, but it is an in-and-out trail, so if you’re looking to walk the entire path you’ll be clocking in 1.6 miles. There is a stream running alongside Higgins, and you’ll likely encounter ducks, other birds, and rabbits along your walk, depending on the season.
Dorothy Park is definitely an obscure (and possibly smallest) park in Cary, but it is still worth a visit if you’re looking to try something new, or just want a nice and quiet place to spend some time in.