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Don’t Forget the Reason for Celebrating!

May we never forget the price paid for our freedom … and the reasons why freedom is worth paying the price.

From Harper Tate Homes.

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6 DIY Backyard Projects from Lighting to Fire Pits

Remember backyards? Those things we’ve been ignoring for the past four months? They’re back! They might not be looking as sharp as they did before the snowfalls, but we’ve got some rad DIY backyard projects to bring it back to life.

1. Ground-level trampoline

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Do you live in constant fear of your kids falling off the trampoline? Honestly—parenting fears aside—trampolines might be fun, but they’re pretty ugly structures. Well, with these sunken trampolines, you’ll never have to worry about either of those things. Just dig a hole, place your trampoline, and voila! Click here for instructions.

2. The only thing better than a tree house

Treehouse

Looking for a treehouse alternative, something that looks nice but offered a little distance from the main house? Her solution was this adorable garden house, originally for her daughter to play in and now a perfect woman cave. Moral of the story: your treehouse need not be on a tree.

3. Tin can lanterns

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his project is both DIY and eco-friendly (because recycling is good). They are easy to make, and will elevate your backyard to the next level. It’s a win-win! Instructions here.

4. How about some outdoor Tic Tac Toe?

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I don’t have a backyard, but I’m considering making one of these anyways. Not only is Tic Tac Toe the best (especially when you’re super good at it), but it also scores high in decorative value. With little effort, you’ll come across as cool and tasteful. Supply list and assembling instructions here.

5. Vertical garden

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Since we’ve already installed a sunken trampoline, a play house/woman cave, and have a Tic Tac Toe board lying around, how about we go for space efficiency with this one? A vertical garden can cover any and all walls. It looks good, it smells nice, and you can eat it! That is the best of all the worlds, if you ask me. Here’s how to make your own.

6. Last but not least, a fire pit

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If you can’t roast s’mores in your backyard, is it even a backyard? I’m going to go with no. This DIY project costs only $60 to make, but look how fancy. This fire pit will make the perfect centerpiece for the intense fantasy backyard we just built together. (Also: s’mores.)

by Gabrielle van Welie, RISMedia’s housecall

In Cary, greenways will soon link American Tobacco Trail to Umstead State Park

By the end of 2019, greenways in Cary could link the American Tobacco Trail to Umstead State Park.

“This coming year, we will be getting closer to finishing the White Oak Creek Greenway, which will go all the way from Bond Park to the American Tobacco Trail,” Town Council member, Jennifer Robinson said.

That remaining work, about two miles in all, is in two segments. The longer segment, 1.81 miles from Green Level Church to the American Tobacco Trail, is under construction with completion scheduled for early 2019. The second segment, between MacArthur Drive and Davis Drive, is much shorter at four-tenths of a mile. But it’s more complicated because it requires a crossing under a CSX rail line.

“We’re still working on an agreement with CSX,” Amy Mackintosh, a landscape architect with the town, said in an email. “But we’re planning to start this fall if agreements are finalized.”

Given a year for construction, the project will wrap up in the fall of 2019.

That will be cause for excitement, George said. “When the town finishes those two miles of greenway, we’ll have 14 continuous miles of greenway that run from the American Tobacco Trail all the way to Umstead Park,” he noted in “Cary Matters.”

That’s because the White Oak Creek Greenway will stretch from the American Tobacco Trail to Bond Park, where it already meets the Black Creek Greenway, which runs to Umstead Park.

The town considers the White Oak and Black Creek greenways the spine of its greenway system, but those two trails have plenty of company in Cary, which has more than 80 miles of trails.

Also this year, the town plans to begin work on two segments of the Panther Creek Greenway. One segment will run 1.2 miles from the Cameron Pond neighborhood to Green Level Church Road. The second segment will run one-third of a mile to connect to Mills Park.

“When complete, this 4.9-mile greenway will run from Highway 55 to the American Tobacco Trail,” Robinson noted.

Beyond greenways, Cary this year is designing two 20-acre neighborhood parks — one on McCrimmon Parkway and one on Carpenter Fire Station Road.

Possible amenities for the McCrimmon Parkway park include nature trails, a play area, a picnic shelter, an open lawn, an open-air pavilion, a dog park, courts, adult fitness and a corner plaza.

The Carpenter Fire Station Road park could feature a play area for teens, sports fields, courts for tennis and pickleball, adult fitness areas, a picnic shelter, wetland education, a lawn and space for future fields and courts.

When the town will build these parks is an open question. Cary has set aside the money for design but not construction.

by: Scott Bolejack, New & Observer