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.

Advisory Panel

Emily Barrett, Water Resources Planner
Dave Berger, ex officio – President of the Parkway HOA
Basil Camu, Owner of Leaf & Limb ; Treecologist; ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
Dr. Richard Carroll, Wildlife conservation biologist; master gardener
Earl Ijames, Farmer; Historian; Curator – North Carolina Museum of History
Dr. W. Benson Kirkman, Longleaf pine scholar
Dave Klemp, Ex. Dir. of Trees for the Triangle; ISA Board Certified Arborist
Dr. Chip Konrad, Climatologist and ornithologist
Lois Nixon, Former Director, Triangle J Big Trees Program; Board member of ScenicNC
Bill Rearick, Hydrologist
Dr. Dick Wilson, Physician
Gina Wilson, Artist
Mitch Woodward, Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality, NCSU Cooperative Extension.


George McDowell, 2019–email