Cary Officials Launch Ambitious Muni Project

Soon after the Cary Park District purchased a 270-acre property in 1999, officials began formulating how the site could benefit local citizens. Residents were surveyed, reports were drafted and, two years later, a plan has finally been created.

In March the city’s land-use plan was presented to the local golf course committee. The proposal includes a nine-hole golf course, driving range, aquatic and fitness centers, and a performing arts center. Other amenities under consideration are a nine-hole course for juniors, an indoor golf-learning center, ice arena, and open space for possible future development.

Park district executive director Steve Cherveny noted that 85 percent of the land will be preserved for open space, to include the golf course. Bill Inman of PHN Architects of Wheaton, Illinois, designed the master plan. The city is currently in negotiations with a golf course construction company and a builder for the ice arena.

City officials hope to break ground this fall on the project, which will be phased in over a five- to 20-year period. The search has begun for private investors to help with some of the financing. Cary officials envision separate management for the different park entities; operators would sign long-term leases with the parks district.