Did you know that the town of Cary offers over 20 parks and 70 miles of trails and greenways? July is Parks and Rec month and there are so many great ways to take advantage of your summer days! You can check out maps of the trails under the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department section on www.townofcary.org.
Take a walk around the Cary Arts Center, Hemlock Bluffs, or even Bond Park. There are so many great classes going on at the Cary Arts Center for children of all ages and adults. Also, the Bluffs have so many beautiful plants to walk through and look at. Take a day out of your busy schedule to plan a family walk and enjoy Parks and Rec month! Even after July there is no reason to take use these wonderful resources Cary has to offer you.
On Sunday, November 3rd Raleigh is having the City of Oaks Marathon along with the Rex Healthcare Half Marathon. This will be the seventh year of the marathon! You can register now at http://www.cityofoakamarathon.com until October 31st. Make sure that you fill out the registration soon, the 2012 City of Oaks Marathon sold out, which is great news but at the same time they would like everyone who would like to partake to have a chance to. It was also rated as the Triangle’s Best Marathon by Endurance Magazine. Raleigh would like to thank everyone that made all of this possible last year, and would love to have the same success by having some help! If the idea of a 10K seems too much, then you can always become an event volunteer. No event can go off without some helping hands. Check out the site listed above for more information.
This year is going to be the 37th Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. Lazy Daze will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 9 am until 5 pm. There are musical entertainers, craft tutorials, a kids zone, local art vendors and so much more! If you have never been before, then I highly recommend that you check it out! All artists and vendors have to be from North Carolina, what better way to support local business?! Giving back to a local business stimulates the economy more so than heading out to Walmart to do some last minute shopping for a present or item for yourself. The morning kicks off with the Town Crier making a proclamation, followed by a performance by both Green Hope and the Cary High School Marching Band. I cannot think of a better way to spend the weekend with my family!
The purpose of the Greenways in Raleigh and Cary are to interconnect so that you have access to miles of running, walking and biking trails without having to worry about being next to a major road. For folks in Cary, the Greenway signs are popping up more frequently and are visible to even those driving by. However, finding some of the Greenways and where they led to in Raleigh was becoming a bit of a struggle. During CityCamp, a local gathering of young people and the town of Raleigh to address “next-generation solutions”, a group came up with RGreenway.
RGreenway is an App for the iPhone and Android phones where an individual can track where Greenways are, a map of where they go and can even report where some broken signs are along the path. Raleigh is trying to promote the 77-mile, 3,700-acre greenway system to increase the use of bicycles and walking over car usage. The town of Cary is trying to do the same by connecting the greenway locations to make it easier to travel to work by bike. Of the 140,000 residents in the Cary area, only about 200 people regularly bike to their office. Keep an eye out for these Greenway signs and get the App for yourself to see all the routes they have to offer the next time you plan a shopping trip or just a day on the town.