Fairview Park- Hillsborough
When I read about a 45 acre park in Hillsborough, NC, I was very excited to go try it out. It was a morning where the heat wasn't too bad yet, and C and I were itchin' to get out of the house (already). We packed the picnic basket and packed out.
You can imagine my disappointment when I realized that most of these 45 acres are still overgrown natural areas, not groomed for general use. When I got home, I looked up this park and read on the city's website:
Once finished, it will be a community park that includes one ball field, two basketball courts, three tennis courts, one volleyball court, 10 picnic tables, and a picnic shelter, and extensive trails and open space. The work is slated to begin in 2008 and is expected to be complete by fall 2009.
I am going to go out on a limb and say they are running behind. Right now there is one, albeit very nice, playground and one restroom facility.
The playground really is great: brand new and well designed. C had a lot of fun with all the climbing features. The ants were pretty bad on the "parent bench" that I was sitting on, but not on the playground itself. The ground cover is mulch, and the slides are a lot of fun (so C says). There is some shade here but not much.
Fairview Park has a very pretty meadow area for recreational sports as well as some nice picnic benches.
There is active construction going on, which means they are on their way to improvements and more offerings at Fairview Park. In the meantime, head there for the playground.