Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bond Park in Cary

Sarah C. sent this in today! Sounds lovely.

The Town of Cary describes Bond Park as "an oasis in the midst of the city." And I couldn’t agree more. It encompasses 310 acres and includes lush forested sections, Bond Lake, and open fields for play. There are plenty of activities for the entire family – boating, ropes course, trails, ball fields, etc.
Nestled in the midst of all of this is the Lazy Daze Playground.DH and I took D there on a recent weekend.

The playground basically has two sides - one side is geared at toddlers and smaller children while the other side has slightly larger equipment for school aged children. Both sides have swings (bucket style for the little ones), sand boxes and climbing equipment with slides. There are also some fun little rocking teeter-totters – D had a blast on one of the horse ones as we gently rocked him back and forth. Since he’s still a crawler, we were a little limited in what he could do. But the swings and tunnels (there is a free standing one as well as one attached to the small play structure) were a hit as well as watching the other children play – one of his favorite pastimes whenever we are out and about. One of my favorite things were all the trees surrounding this park which provided a bit of shade.
There were also about a dozen picnic tables and several benches so you can bring the family for a picnic lunch, let the kids play and sit back to relax. There are bathroom facilities (including baby changing stations) across the street next to the Kiwanis Shelter.

After our fun on the playground, we decided to take a stroll to check out some of the trails. We ended up on the White Oak Greenway which was a nice paved walk around the upper portion of Bond Lake heading west toward Cary Parkway.   From what we could tell, the greenways that connect to the park are all paved and the trails are packed mulch. We did manage okay on some of the trail areas with our travel system stroller, but I would definitely recommend a jogger stroller or baby carrier. 

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