Cary's vibrant environment, with its extensive greenways and parks, enhances residents' quality of life. As the city grows, it is crucial to prioritize the preservation and expansion of the park system, while also focusing on accessibility, inclusive community centers, clean water, and promoting alternative transportation, making Cary an exceptional place to live, work, and enjoy nature.
Cary’s vibrant environment contributes to the overall quality of life for its residents. Our city boasts over 80 miles of greenway and 30 parks, which are essential for maintaining a healthy and active community. As Cary continues to grow, we must prioritize the preservation and expansion of our park system.
Local tax dollars have been allocated for community centers, but construction has been slow to begin in West Cary. As your Councilmember, I am committed to getting this project moving and completed. West Cary deserves equal attention and resources.
Whatever your income, all Cary residents deserve access to clean, safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water. According to the Town of Cary’s own annual water quality report water, our drinking water does contain small amounts of man-made PFOA “forever chemicals” which have been linked to cancer and other health problems. The PFOA chemical levels exceed a federal health advisory standard but are within the new maximum allowed contamination standard. Jordan Lake is Cary’s main water source, and specific industrial polluters have been identified as original source PFOA polluters in Burlington and Greensboro, whose wastewater flows into the Haw River and into Jordan Lake. I am committed to advocating for clean water for residents of Cary.
As Cary grows, we should also prioritize creating a more bikeable city. Encouraging alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycles, not only promotes a healthier lifestyle but also reduces traffic congestion and contributes to a cleaner environment. Additionally, public transportation should be affordable and reliable, ensuring that those who rely on the bus system have convenient access to work, school, and other essential services.
By safeguarding our environment, expanding our parks, and addressing the needs of our community, we can continue to make Cary an exceptional place to live, work, and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us.