Cary Begins Development of Jack Smith Park

Jack Smith Park Artistic RenderingCary held its groundbreaking ceremony last month to begin construction on the town’s latest community park. Named after the longest serving Cary Council member on record, the 50-acre Jack Smith Park will be located at 9725 Penny Rd, home to the former Bartley family farm.

Park Features

  • A sprayground, with geysers that shoot water from the ground, soaker stations, buckets to dump water on others, and more
  • Cary’s 2nd dog park
  • A climbing rock
  • A “major children’s play area,” with a structure for kids ages 2 to 5 and a larger piece for kids ages 5 to 12
  • Public art pieces, such as three large whirligigs by Vollis Simpson and nine concrete Suffolk sheep sculptures by William Moore
  • Picnic shelters, paved and unpaved trails, restrooms with outdoor shower, and an open lawn area

The sprayground will be the first public sprayground in Cary and western Wake County. Though details are not finalized, plans currently call for 11 water elements sitting inside a 42-foot diameter circle. “We’re going to see how it works out,” said project engineer Susan Parker. “I’m sure everybody is going to love it.”

Construction is estimated to take a year, with a likely sprayground opening date in spring 2016.

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