3 Cary, NC Parks You Need to Visit!
Cary, North Carolina is well-known for its family-friendly atmosphere and there’s no surprise that you can find a plethora of outdoor activities in the area. As of July 2016, Cary has 31 different park areas for families to enjoy. Something for everyone, you can find athletic facilities, picnic areas, walking trails, playgrounds, and more!
For a full list of parks and recreational facilities, please visit the Town of Cary website, which you can find here.
Robert V. Goldbold Park
The first park to make our list is the Robert V. Goldbold Park which actually encompasses multiple parks!
The main park features:
- Six Lighted Tennis Courts
- Two Lighted Basketball Courts
- Trails for Walking, Running, or Biking (With Exercise Stations!)
- Picnic Areas
- Public Restrooms
This campus is also home to Cary’s Dog Park and Sk8-Cary for those that prefer to try out their skills in biking and skating!
A vision that started in 2002, The Town of Cary’s first dog park allows your dogs to run safely over an acre of land with other friends. The safe guards that are in place let you know that your dog is safe with other dogs that have been vaccinated.
Dog Park Features:
- Five-Foot High Chain-Link Fence and Electronic Gate for Security
- Separate Lighted Areas for Small and Large Dogs
- Wood Chip Covered Ground
- Water Stations
- Information Kiosk
- Pet Cleanup Areas
Before you head out to the park with Fido – here’s a few things you’ll want to know!
- You can only access the park by annual membership or by having a day pass. You can get these at any Cary Community Center.
- You are required to provide proof of vaccination.
- Cary residents are required to purchase a Pet ID tag.
- You must fill out a Cary Dog Park Registration Form and Waiver.
- Park Hours are 7am-10pm Daily (No Entry After 9pm!)
Sk8-Cary was started in 2002 and was the first skate park in Wake County. This park is open year-round, fully staffed, and features a 12,000 SqFt course with ramps, skating obstacles, and a Pro-Shop.
Some things you will want to know:
- You can purchase passes for 2 hour increments, 30 days, or annually. You can find the pricing on the Town of Cary website – here.
- Members of Sk8-Cary receive discounts at the Pro-Shop and on lessons, camps and birthday parties.
- You (or a parent/guardian) must sign a waiver before entering the course.
Middle Creek School Park
The second park to make our list is Middle Creek School Park which also houses the Middle Creek Community Center. This park, opened in 2001, is spread over 105 acres and is conveniently located adjacent to Middle Creek High School. There are many different amenities at this park – something for everyone!
- Athletic Complex with Four Lighted Baseball/Softball Fields and Restrooms
- Two Lighted Multi-Purpose Fields with Restrooms
- 18-Hole Disc Golf Course
- Two Basketball Courts
- Eight Lighted Tennis Courts with Restrooms
- Picnic Shelter
- Playground with Open Lawn
- .5 Miles of Paved Trail Around Baseball/Softball Fields
- .33 Miles of Paved Trail Around Multi-Purpose Fields
About the Community Center:
- Athletic Programs and Classes
- Rentals Available for Gymnasiums and Multi-Purpose Rooms
- School’s Out Programs
- Shelter Rental
- Adult and Youth Fitness
- Walking Distance to the Disc Golf Course
Fred G. Bond Metro Park
The final park to make our Top 3 List is Fred G. Bond Metro Park which is one of the largest municipal parks in Wake County and provides something for everyone – no matter your recreational style. This park is also home to the Bond Park Community Center and the Cary Senior Center.
- Boathouse: Bait, Snacks, Drinks, and more!
- Challenge Course
- Two Picnic Shelters and a Screened Porch
- Events Throughout the Year
- Sertoma Amphitheatre
- Lazy Daze Playground
- Athletic Fields
- Compost Education Center
Bond Park Community Center
The Bond Park Community Center hosts fitness classes, recreation activities, camps, athletic programs, and more! It is also available to rent for private events and is within walking distance to the Cary Senior Center. You can access the community center 7 days a week (Closed on Sunday April-October), but the center is closed on official Town holidays.
Fall is a perfect time to get out and explore all that your town has to offer! The Parks and Recreation around the Triangle Area boasts some of our favorite places to spend a day with our families and friends. We would love to hear what your favorite parks are!