Frantz 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.
Frantz Square stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Council member Don Frantz, who dedicated his public service as District B representative from 2007 to 2023 and served as Mayor Pro Tem between 2021 and 2023. A stalwart advocate for his community, Frantz embodied the belief that a government’s foremost duty is to diligently serve and honor the constituents it represents. Over the course of his tenure, Frantz earned a reputation as the authoritative voice of “Old Cary,” drawing from his unique background as a long-standing downtown resident, successful business owner, and unwavering community enthusiast.
Frantz’s role on the Council proved pivotal in igniting a renaissance in Cary’s downtown landscape, fostering its robust growth and spearheading the vision for the celebrated Downtown Cary Park. His tireless efforts and passionate dedication catalyzed the revival of this urban center, helping to transform it into a vibrant hub of cultural and economic activity that exemplifies the heart of the surrounding community. Frantz Square, named in his honor, serves as a fitting tribute to a leader who understood the essence of community, and whose impact will continue to be felt for generations to come.