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21 Days Outdoors – Bond Park

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.

When I first moved to the Triangle I lived in a Cary subdivision within walking distance of Bond Park. Visiting the park was a daily ritual in the evenings. Strolling along the trail that hugged the lake shoreline was a great way to decompress after work. On the weekends, I’d take my dog for extra long walks through the wooded areas where squirrels were known to gather. But I moved from Cary within a few years and visits to the park became special events. With each visit however I was pleasantly surprised to find some added feature or structure. The Town of Cary has invested well in maintaining and improving one of the largest municipal parks in Wake County.

Bond Park’s 300+ acres includes more than four miles of trails and is the hub for four intersecting greenways (White Oak Creek, Crabtree Creek, Oxxford Hunt and Black Creek), as well as athletic fields and picnic shelters. Facilities at the park include a senior center, community center, boathouse and the Sertoma Amphitheatre. Speaking of the amphitheatre, a half dozen free musical performances are scheduled as part of the Sertoma Summer Series. This Saturday you can enjoy the big sounds of Old North State Brass. PineCone has three acts scheduled for later in June, July and August as well. Arrive at Sertoma Amphitheatre early to get a good seat, or bring along a camp chair to stake out a good spot.

Bond Park is the hub of activity for several Cary events throughout the year. It begins each March with a kite festival. Soon thereafter the popular Spring Daze crafts event takes over the park, followed by the late Summer Lazy Daze version. This weekend is the Dog Days of June (9 am to 2 pm). Bring your BFF pooch to the park for a Frisbee disc competition or dog wash (if needed). Meet cute adoptable dogs and get your pet vaccinated and/or microchipped. Even if you don’t have a dog to take to accompany you, Bond Park a great place to explore when in Cary.

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