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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 58 Morrisville BY LINDSEY GREY Morrisville knows how to have a good time. For one day, on August 11th, the town changed its name and went by S'Morrisville in honor of National S'Mores Day. The fun filled day included food and naturally, free s'mores. Mayor Mark Stohlman encouraged everyone to embrace the name – for one day. At just under 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh, the town of Morrisville is experiencing a growth spurt and enjoying the ride on the way. New home construction, infrastructure plans, parks and a family friendly lifestyle are attracting a diverse population. Convenience is a hallmark of the town that is located in close proximity to Raleigh Durham airport and the Research Triangle Park where locals commute to work. Morrisville is one of the fastest growing towns in the region with an estimated population of 27,000 residents (2015 census), a large jump from 2004 when the population was 11,915. In 2016, the town took on a new brand to better reflect the community identity. "Our motto is 'Live Connected. Live Well.' which is reflected in everything we are as a community," said Stephanie Smith, public information officer for Morrisville. The town is clearly on an upward tick and is named in 2017 as the best place to live in North Carolina and fifth-best in the nation by the city ranking website Niche. The town is also one of the most diverse populations in the state with more than a third of the residents being Asian Indian. This unique diversity, proximity, neighborly MORRISVILLE demographic brings a cultural dynamic unlike any other community in the Triangle. The East Meets West Festival won the town national recognition by the National League of Cities (NLC) City Cultural Diversity Awards with Morrisville receiving first place in the "less than 50,000 residents" category. The festival celebrates Morrisville's diverse cultures from around the world with food and entertainment on September 23. Athletic facilities in Morrisville are second to none according to locals. Changes are coming which residents hope includes a driving range for golfers who utilize area courses. Parks and greenways are abundant as well as a cricket field, the preferred sport by many in Europe and Asia. The Crabtree Hatcher Creek Greenway project was kicked off in spring 2017 which will offer greenway connectivity not only through Morrisville, but also in neighboring communities. Parks keep locals outdoors for sports, recreation and "R and R." Cedar Fork District Park is a 37-acre park with recreational, special event, and athletic opportunities. The park consists primarily of eight multi-use fields suitable for soccer, football, lacrosse and other sports. Other outdoor recreation sites are planned such as the Crabtree Creek Nature Park located on a 34-acre wooded and wetland park site. Development will include a nature park, interpretive walking trails and a nature center. The Triangle Rock Club, the Southeast's largest indoor rock- climbing facility, is always a popular place to spend an afternoon for some adrenalin pumping exercise. "With growth comes challenges, and one of the biggest challenges we face is traffic and transportation," said Smith. "While our most congested roads are state- owned, we are an active partner with NCDOT to improve our infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing community. We are hard at work at several major road projects, including the McCrimmon Parkway Extension bond project, Morrisville Carpenter Road Widening project, and the recently completed Morrisville Parkway Grade Separation. In addition, NCDOT has committed almost $200 million to Morrisville in road improvement projects over the next 10 years." Morrisville is making progress on its Town Center project, and gearing up to seek out public/private partnerships to develop a downtown area in Morrisville. The town is also working toward a possible food hub project, which will be the future home of the Western Wake Farmers Market. The town has completed two park projects: Northwest Park, which includes an award winning storm water treatment concepts, recognized by the EPA, and >>

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