When will Downtown Cary Park be open to the public?
We can sense your excitement! The Park is officially open!
How big is the Park?
Downtown Cary Park sits on approximately 7 acres of land and is situated in the heart of Cary, North Carolina.
What is the most exciting feature at the Park?
Well, that’s for you to discover. Bring your whole self, your pup or your family and friends and step into another world.
How many bathrooms are there?
There are 5 individual bathroom areas and 24 total public toilets.
Will the Cary Downtown Farmer’s Market be moving to the Park?
Yes. The Farmer’s Market will be located near Park Street Courts.
Does the Park have security?
Yes! The Downtown Cary Police Department team will be embedded in the Park’s offices. In addition, officers will routinely patrol the Park and surrounding areas. There will also be overnight security in the Park as well as numerous security cameras.
Where is lost and found?
Lost and Found is in Guest Services. Guest Services is located on the bottom floor of the Cary Regional Library near The Nest. Feel free to call ahead of time to verify if your lost item is there. Guest Services’ number is (919) 653-7180.
Visiting the Park
What are the Park’s hours of operation?
The Park will be open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Do you have to have a dog park pass to access the dog parks?
Yes. The dog parks will operate on the same system as other active dog parks across Cary. You can secure a pass online or in-person at guest services.
What are the dog park hours?
The Barkyard will be accessible 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
What are Guest Services’ hours of Operation?
Guest Services’ will be open:
April – December:
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
January – March:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Does the Park have dedicated parking spaces?
There is an accessible parking deck located behind the Cary Regional Library with parking available. Additionally, parking is available in the lot on Charlie Gaddy Lane, at labeled street parking, and at the Town Hall Deck.
See below for more parking options!
Events at the park
How many programs will there be annually?
About 500. And there is truly something for everyone. Look for energizing events from fitness classes and demonstrations to concerts, yoga, book clubs, public art walks, story times, movies and so much more. There will also be a handful of larger, signature events throughout the year. Stay tuned!
What is the cost of events at the Park?
It is our intent to make all programming as accessible as possible. While many events will be free of charge, there may be occasions when a program or special event requires a fee to help offset costs.
Food + Beverage
Will there be food and beverages sold at the Park?
Yes. There are two food and beverage facilities. The Bark Bar will serve beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Market 317, located in Academy Pavilion, is a grab-and-go style café that will offer delicious wraps, sandwiches, charcuterie boards and more. Also keep an eye out for occasional food trucks.
Can I bring food into the Park?
Yes! Pack a picnic and enjoy.
Does the Park have water bottle filling stations?
Yes! There are four bottle filling stations located at various locations throughout the Park.
Who is running the food and beverage facilities?
Cary Park Ventures will serve as the Park’s exclusive food and beverage vendor prioritizing local sourcing and offering fresh seasonal menus. Cary Park Ventures is led by father-son duo John and Mike Cline, who are longtime residents of Cary with extensive experience operating and investing in successful local and regional food and beverage businesses
like The Veggie Wagon (Carolina Beach and Masonboro) and Carolina Crust (Raleigh-Durham).
Can I bring in my own alcohol?
No. Bringing in outside alcohol is not permitted. You may, however, purchase and consume alcohol from participating permitted businesses within the social district.
What is the Downtown Cary Park Social District?
The social district will go in effect when the Park opens and will allow individuals to carry alcoholic beverages purchased from a participating vendor in specific social district cups throughout the district. For more, visit carync.gov/socialdistrict.
Are there rentable spaces in the Park?
Yes, there are several rentable areas throughout the Park. A reservation is required and a rental fee will be charged for any activity that involves a set-up of equipment or restricts access to a specific area of the Park for invited or paying guests. A reservation and rental fee are also required for filming or photography that will restrict the use of any area of the Park and will use equipment more extensive than a single tripod or is for commercial purposes.
If you want to host an event, we will start accepting requests in January 2024, but formal rentals will not occur until Spring 2024.
How many existing trees were saved?
How many plants are being planted?
Approximately 66,000, reaffirming a commitment to sustainability and preservation.
How many new trees will be planted?
More than 650 new trees populate the Park. This includes a variety of native and adaptive species.
What is The Nest?
It’s a nature-inspired outdoor play space, splash pad, and imaginarium anchored by two iconic 20-foot-tall wooden cardinals with various climbing structures.
What happens at the Barkyard
It’s where goldendoodles, cockapoos, collies, pomeranians, terriers and more, all run free. Tunnels. An interactive water feature. Playful logs. Welcome to dog heaven.
What is The Bark Bar?
It’s a place to gather with friends and fellow dog lovers at an open-air, all-season pavilion. Order a treat for your pup and a craft brew, glass of wine or light snack for you. Life is good.
Tell me about the Great Lawn & Pavilion?
This is the heart and soul of the Park, featuring movies, concerts, fitness classes and much more. Bring a picnic blanket, spread out and dive in.
What goes on at the Gathering House & Garden?
Located inside of the Park near The Mayton Inn, the Gathering House offers meeting spaces for park visitors and features transparent walls with spectacular views into the botanical garden and green spaces.
What happens in Frantz Square?
Prepare to marvel at the Park’s iconic fountain, browse at a pop-up market, or spread out on the lawn for an afternoon picnic, a book club meeting or a family gathering. Rotating public art provides a true sense of place.
What happens at Park Street Courts?
Grab your bocce ball, cornhole beanbag or volleyball and challenge your mates to a little friendly competition. Golfers will appreciate a state-of-the-art putting green with multiple holes.
What is Academy Pavilion and Plaza?
It’s your gateway to all that Downtown Cary Park has to offer. Wind along the paved plaza, past shade trees and prominent overlooks, and immerse yourself in a bounty of nature. Book an event. Schedule a meeting. Hit Market 317 for a delicious and healthy lunch.
What is the 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.
What is the 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 pond that features a sculpture that will provide shade for relaxing.