Cary NC Greenways Celebrating 40th Anniversary

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As the calendar turns from 2018 into the new year of 2019, the town of Cary wil begin a year long celebration featuring numerous outdoor living activities and active lifestyle events in accordance with the 40thanniversary of the Cary NC Greenways.

Currently boasting upwards of 30 public parks and natural areas, more than 70 miles of a spectacular greenway system, and several outdoor special use facilities, sports venues and facilities, all with in just a short distance of your new home at Preston Retreat, the Town of Cary supports and continues to look at new ways and options to develop opportunities for pedestrians and outdoor activists alike along the Cary NC Greenways.

For those not familiar with the Cary NC Greenways or a greenway in general, the town’s official website defines a greenway as “a linear parcel of land set aside to preserve open space. Greenways are generally located in floodplain areas, along wooded stream corridors unsuitable for development.” Explaining this with a more local focus, the website added, “Cary’s greenway trails provide access to these pristine areas that otherwise would have been lost.”

Starting way back in 1980, the town began building the Cary NC greenways, “to bring open spaces within easy walking distance of our homes.” Again, referring to the town website, thy detail the many ways that the Cary NC Greenways can enhance one’s life, listing that they:

  • Providing a recreational amenity for walking, jogging, and bicycling in a natural setting remote from traffic
  • Preserving pristine open space to enhance Cary’s quality of life
  • Linking our neighborhoods with parks, schools, community centers, and other neighborhoods
  • Helping control stormwater runoff, curb erosion, and minimize flooding which can damage our property
  • Improving Cary’s water quality by buffering streams, filtering pollutants, and recharging our groundwater
  • Adding value to our property by merit of proximity

Within the past two years, more specifically, on April 25, 2017, the dedication of the town to the Cary NC Greenways was recognized by “Walk Friendly Communities” (WFC) as a “Silver-Level National Walk Friendly Community.” This according to carync.gov “is based on community efforts to expand opportunities for walking and improve pedestrian safety across a wide range of programs and activities, from planning and design to outreach and law enforcement.”

The Town of Cary has always supported, and as above noted , continuously sought out ways of developing more opportunities for its residents in regards to active lifestyle and outdoor living. In accordance with the significance of the 40thanniversary, year-long celebration by the town, we will focus on some of the individual Cary NC Greenways throughout the year to help you also become better informed and familiar with your beautiful local surroundings. For a more detailed look at the Cary NC Greenways, including rules, regulations, and so much more, visit the Town of Cary website here.