The ABCs of Cary

A Beautiful City.
Affluent Business Climate.
Always Benevolent Community.
What do the ABCs of Cary really stand for?
 

Amtrak
Cary’s new full-service Amtrak station offers eight trains daily and is conveniently located downtown. Residents have a ordable daily travel options to 12 N.C. cities including Greensboro, Charlotte and Rocky Mount, plus direct daily service to Northeast cities including Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York. For travelers heading south, the station offers daily connecting service to Charleston, Orlando, Miami and many other cities across the Southeast. Coupled with RDU airport’s nearly 400 daily arrivals and departures, travel to and from the Triangle couldn’t be easier.

Bikers are a common sight on Cary streets. Cary took No. 24 on Bicycling magazine’s 2010 list of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. “Cary residents rode their bikes more and spent more money on cycling equipment last year than those in almost any other city on this list,” according to the magazine. See the Bike & Hike Cary map, available from the Town of Cary, to see established bike routes.

Community Centers have been bringing Caryites together since 1991, when the Herbert C. Young Community Center opened near Town Hall. The Bond Park and Middle Creek centers were added in the early 2000s. Together, the centers offer fi tness and lifestyle classes, gymnasiums, meeting and event space for town events.

Daze bring tens of thousands of people to Cary every year — the popular Lazy Daze and Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festivals, that is. Lazy Daze, which sets up on the streets of downtown Cary each August, consistently earns praise as one of the most esteemed arts festivals in the Southeast. Spring Daze, which celebrates North Carolina artists in Bond Park every April, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013.

Extraterrestrials are alive and well in Cary’s Area 51 — also known as the Herbert C. Young Center. The Cary Invasion professional basketball team is playing its second season in 2012. In its inaugural year, the team won the Continental Basketball League Championship.

 

Fog, or fats, oils and grease, don’t need to end up in Cary’s sewer system thanks to the town’s Residential Waste Cooking Oil Disposal Program. Residents can collect used cooking oils, animal fats and greases in plastic or metal containers of at least half a gallon (a 2-liter soda bottle works well), then arrange for a free curbside pickup by calling Public Works at (919) 469-4090.

Greenways are all around us, with 35 found in Cary. From the American Tobacco Trail to the White Oak Greenway, the trails in Cary total more than 40 miles of space to run, bike and otherwise enjoy the outdoors. The town also boasts an impressive 29 parks.

 

Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, established in 2004, helps maintain Cary’s high standards for a safe, healthy community. Top standards the program targets include abandoned and junk vehicles, home and yard maintenance, graffiti, road obstructions and other aesthetic concerns. The Neighbor to Neighbor program allows community members to volunteer to provide construction, maintenance, cleanup or other services to those who need assistance due to age, disability or other hardship.

Infrastructure improvements are important to maintaining quality of life, which is why more than $500 million has been budgeted for Cary infrastructure since 1999. The total includes $159 million for transportation; $101 million for parks, recreation and cultural resources; $10.5 million for fire; $87 million for sewer; and $135 million for water.

 

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