Loving Fuquay Varina

(Few-Quay Vareena)

Despite being hard for new comers to pronounce, the Town of Fuquay-Varina is one of the fastest growing towns in NC.  Being a native, I have seen a lot of change and welcome it.  We have almost 25,000 residents and have grown at almost double the rate of Wake County during the past five years.

Fuquay-Varina is south of Cary and located along US 40.  It is a link between Raleigh and Fayetteville.  The Triangle Expressway/ HWY 540 is only about 15 minutes way. So, I consider it a pretty easy place to get to and from.

I moved back 11 years ago and continue to stay because I am spoiled by the ease of getting around. Yesterday, I ran four errands and took my boys to the barbershop and to the library, all within an hour.  Despite my pride, it is a lot harder to get around than it used to be.

As we have seen in the surrounding towns over the past 20 years, traffic and transportation improvements are an increasing issue that leads to increased traffic.  Traffic is a top priority for our Board of Commissioners. Until some improvements are made, I suggest avoiding the Judd Parkway and Broad Street and the Sunset Lake and Hilltop Road intersections whenever possible.

Fuquay-Varina is also committed to the arts and improving its parks.  For example, The Artist and Crafter’s Market is a featured event of our “Art After Dark” outdoor art walk from April to September.  We have the first splash park in southern Wake County.  Fuquay also just opened its first dog park.  As a native, this park really amazed me.  Now, I know we are moving up in the world!

Despite the growth, it is not uncommon for locals, especially natives, to run into each other at Campbell’s Diner or RJ’s.  These two restaurants have been around almost as long as I have. Fuquay -Varina is a town where people still wave and talk to strangers, especially if you are in one of these places.  But, don’t worry; it’s not hard to fit in.

In summary, the growing pains are worth it.  We have a lot to look forward to.  Come check out the “Quay”!