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 In the News, April 17, 2017 

Cary unveils $5.6 mill Downtown Park. Cary residents are enjoying the first phase of the town’s new Downtown Park. The first phase of a new seven-acre park on Academy Street opened two weeks ago. The first section of the park, which is 1.5 acres, had a budget of $5.6 million. It includes a fountain, outdoor games and more. “I think it’s going to bring people downtown,” said Chris Furr of Cary. “It’s nice to have some recreational space in the midst of all of the other businesses and stuff that are down here.”

Plans put Seagrove train depot back on track. Plans are under way to move the old train depot back to downtown Seagrove. Initial plans are for the building to house the Museum of Traditional N.C. Pottery, the Seagrove Town Hall, a display of local history and a multi-purpose room. Commissioners will hold their meetings there. The room may also be used as a community center. Plans are to extend the depot to accommodate space for the town clerk and the police department.

Leland Town Council to vote on staffing fire station on NC 133. The Leland fire station that sits on NC 133 built about ten years ago, may soon have some more man power. The brand new building sat vacant for the first several years after it was first built. Next week, Leland Town Council members will vote on whether to approve about $64,600 for two part time positions. Hollis said this proposal is a part of the town’s effort to help the fire department merge.

Burlington locals visit Mexican sister city. Burlington has a close tie to Mexico. Eight people from Alamance County, including two teachers from the Alamance-Burlington School system, returned from a trip to one of Burlington’s two sister cities, Soledad, Mexico, on March 18. The city officially partnered with Soledad in 2004. “There is a website called Cities Seeking Cities. We knew we wanted a sister city in Mexico, so we found a city in Mexico that was also looking for a sister city, and we investigated and researched each other and talked back and forth.

Clayton to host downtown conference in 2018. The Town of Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association will host the 2018 N.C. Main Street Conference. Set to span three days next March, the conference will bring hundreds to Clayton from all over North Carolina – including main street managers, downtown revitalization board members, town planners and elected officials. Joining them will be professionals from fields that affect downtown development, such as design, architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture and event planning.