We're informed that the pear tree in the center was planted as a memorial to the late NC State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano. No more information was provided. Historical photos indicate the tree was planted between May, 2009 and July, 2010. It is located on the north side of the greenway path between the children's playground and the tunnel under Cary Parkway.

Arboreal Advisory Panel

Emily Barrett, Sustainability Manager, Town of Cary.
Dave Berger, ex officio – President of the Parkway HOA.
Basil Camu, Owner of Leaf & Limb ; Treecologist; ISA Board Certified Master Arborist.
Richard Carroll, Master gardener and Paleo-botanist.
Earl Ijames, Farmer; Historian; Curator – North Carolina Museum of History.
W. Benson Kirkman, Longleaf pine scholar.
Dave Klemp, Ex. Dir. of Trees for the Triangle; ISA Board Certified Arborist.
Katie Rose Levin, Ex. Dir. of TreesDurham; ISA Board Certified Master Arborist.
Lois Nixon, Former Director, Triangle J Big Trees Program; Board member of ScenicNC
Dick Wilson, Physician.
Gina Wilson, Artist.
Mitch Woodward, Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality, NCSU Cooperative Extension.


George McDowell, 2019–email