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Downtown Cary Park Construction Underway

August 17, 2021

Groundbreaking Ceremony. Photo by French West Vaughan.

Machado Silvetti and OJB Team Members, including Principal Jeffry Burchard, Associate Austin Ward and Meriç Ozgen at the Groundbreaking in Cary. Photo by OJB.

On Saturday, June 26th, a groundbreaking ceremony officially began construction on the Downtown Cary Park. The highly programmed ceremony was well attended with Town administrators, residents and local news all excited for what’s to come. Machado Silvetti Principal Jeffry Burchard and Associate Austin Ward were in attendance at the groundbreaking, participating in a public forum on the design of the park, along with OJB Landscape Architecture team leaders, Cody Klein and Simon Beer.

The Groundbreaking ceremony attracted a large crowd in the Town of Cary. Photo by French West Vaughan.
Local artists painted custom shovels with depictions of the park designs.
Jeffry and Austin participating in the forum.

Downtown Cary Park is a seven-acre, centerpiece collaboration between the Town of Cary, OJB Landscape Architecture, Machado Silvetti, and a host of consultants, community members, and the town’s council and manager’s office. Machado Silvetti has designed five park pavilions set in diverse OJB-designed landscape zones, including spaces for performance, indoor events, and dog play. Natural materials-warm woods, bricks, and metals-and curving forms help coalesce buildings with landscape.

The beginnings of sitework for Downtown Cary Park. Drone footage by @travihansen.

Since the groundbreaking, site work has continued to take shape with grading and foundations. The first pavilion in the schedule, the Bark Bar, is under way with foundations and walls going up this month.

Construction of concrete foundations and walls taking shape at the Bark Bar.

Read more about the Project and Groundbreaking Ceremony:
Downtown Park Project, Town of Cary

“New Details of Downtown Cary Park Unveiled,”

“Downtown Cary Park's Extreme Makeover is Underway Now,” abc11 News

“Historic Moment: After Decades of Dreaming, Cary to Break Ground on Downtown Park,”

Downtown Cary Park
Cary Award
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