Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Turnip Patch Park- Hillsborough

I would like to thank my friend Erica. A few years ago she ran in a fun run to raise money for the Turnip Patch Park. And it has made my life so much fun! Turnip Patch Park is a "surprise park." It is tucked away in a residential area but is blocks away from downtown Hillsborough, on King Street.
The playground is new, and very nice. It is a wooden set, which is very classic to me. No bright baubles and colors. Just imagination here. It has a double slide and some things to climb on. There is a sandbox as well, which C finds thrilling.

The park itself is an acre. It has benches and water fountains for you, the kids, and the pets. It is owned and maintained by the Town, but was built primarily with volunteer donations. And I don't think a lot of people know it's there since every time we have been, it's been empty.

By the way, I am curious as to how it got its name...Turnip Patch? Anyone know?

The ground covering is mulch, and there isn't a lot of shade. But somehow the sand in the box stays cool.

This playground isn't necessarily worth taking an independent trip to Hillsborough for, but if you happen to be downtown, say for Hog Days next year, this is a great place to stop.

Turnip Patch Park

333 W. King Street (corner of King &
Hillsborough, NC


At July 6, 2010 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

we live walking distance from the park & go occasionally, but it is not used much. too sunny in the heat of summer for us. but the creek is great for exploring after a rain too.

it was completely overgrown before the movement to make it into a park. prior to that, people had actually used it as a turnip patch!

At July 7, 2010 at 9:25 PM , Blogger chapelhillmom said...

Oh, I didn't think about taking time to enjoy the creek! C is so obsessed with the sandbox....

I agree, it does get hot there. But just recently we have ducked into one of the little shelters on this park when a surprise summer rain hit on our walk home from Weaver Street. It turns out it is also a nice place to spend a little rainstorm!

Thanks for letting me know about the naming. I was really curious, and love that story!

Thanks for the comment!


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