Another World, Within Yours

More than a park and more than 20 years in the making, Downtown Cary Park is a place of wonder, imagination, pure joy and natural beauty.

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Coming in 2023

First Park Events Announced

We are so excited to tell you about the first events you can expect to enjoy at the Park. November 19 and December 2 are bound to be exciting days for visitors. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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Explore The Park

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  • Academy Pavilion & Plaza

    Directly north of Town Square, stands Academy Pavilion. Inside you’ll find a Market 317, restrooms and an event space. The building winds its way through Academy Plaza where park-goers can enjoy lunches, meetings and an interactive fountain. The plaza is shaded by oak trees and includes an overlook of the Park.

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  • Gathering House and Garden

    Situated in a quiet corner of the Park, the Gathering House features 28 French doors which open to create an indoor/outdoor space for events and rentals. Beyond the doors lies the Gathering Garden which further extend the House’s event space. The garden incorporates existing trees and many new plantings.

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  • Park Street Courts

    Lining Park Street is the Park’s active recreation area. Here you can expect table tennis rivalries, volleyball matches and putt-offs among friends. Park Street can be used as a flexible space for pop-up markets, food trucks and the Cary Downtown Farmer’s Market.

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  • Town Square

    Town Square encompasses the corner of Academy Street and Dry Avenue and includes Cary’s iconic fountain, public art and multipurpose lawn for events and rentals.

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  • Great Lawn & Pavilion

    At the center of the Park, a well-equipped performance pavilion provides infrastructure to host large events, and allows for more intimate experiences. From the Great Lawn visitors will enjoy concerts, movies, yoga classes and much more.

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  • The Bark Bar

    Enjoy craft beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks right beside the Barkyard.

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  • The Nest

    The Nest is the perfect spot for all to enjoy imaginative play. Two iconic cardinal play structures serve as the anchors, while a splash pad will provide fun during hot days. There are also multiple slides and a toddler play area so that the fun never stops.

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  • Skywalk

    Floating 17 feet above the eastern side of the Park is the Skywalk – an elevated walkway that lifts you into the tree canopy and offers a new perspective of the Park.

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  • Tiered Water Feature

    The Park’s tiered water feature was designed to improve water quality, mitigate flooding downstream and add to the Park’s aesthetics. Willow Isle is an island in the lower pond that features a public art piece, L’ILE FOLIE, that will provide shade for relaxing. 

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  • Barkyard

    Discover a one-of-a-kind dog park and play space complete with tunnels, interactive water features, play mounds and logs, small hills and more. The Barkyard is a place to let your pup run free and connect with other dog lovers in your community.

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A bounty of dining options

Market 317

Located in Academy Pavilion, Market 317 is an elevated grab and go style café that offers delicious sandwiches, charcuterie boards and more.

The Bark Bar

Enjoy craft beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks right beside the Barkyard.

Downtown Cary Dining

Just outside the Park are some of the Triangle’s best restaurants. Also, keep an eye out for food trucks to make appearances in and around the Park.

A place to escape, unwind, revel in nature’s beauty and make new discoveries.

Downtown Cary Park spans seven acres in the heart of Cary surrounded by Academy, Walker, Park and Walnut Streets. Downtown Cary Park has been  intentionally designed with amenities and programming that everyone can enjoy. From active recreation at Park Street Courts to the respite of the botanical gardens, you can find what you are looking for here. We can’t wait to invite you inside.

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