Proof that trash can indeed become treasure - Sarah C. explores Wake County's newest park built on the site of a former landfill:
In 2008, Wake County closed the landfill off Durant Road in North Raleigh. When they reopened the gates this past summer, they did so inviting all ages to come play. Driving into the park, the road winds around a large grassy hill that covers the nearly 5 million tons of trash the landfill received while operational (makes you think twice about throwing something away, doesn't it?).
Tucked behind the hill is a new playground, picnic areas, restrooms and access to walking trails & mountain biking paths. The playground features mulch surface and two main play areas (split into the typical 2-5 and 5-12 range). The equipment has a variety of climbing options and slides. Each piece has a small awning providing a bit of shade, but overall everything is out in the open so keep this in mind when planning your visit. The neatest part to me was a musical board near the 2-5 equipment. A slight swing of a music note into the cylindrical bells and they would chime. D
was fascinated by this and practically had to be pried away.
Picnickers can enjoy their meal at a table by the playground, in the shelter, or in a grassy spot on the lawn. An important detail to note: no grills are available and smoking in the park is prohibited due to the landfill gas collection system.
Want to stretch your legs a bit? Just past the playground are paved paths and access to mountain biking trails. Or drive back to the park entrance on the opposite side of the hill, park in the gravel lot and follow the trail to the top. Per Wake County's website (see link below), you can see the downtown Raleigh skyline on a clear day. I'm adding this little hike to my future to-do list as we didn't try it during our visit.
One final detail, be aware that this park can be a little tricky to find. See http://www.wakegov.com/parks/northwake/directions/default.htm
North Wake Landfill District Park
9300 Deponie Drive
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