Monday, April 25, 2011

Morreene Road Park - Durham

I have fallen into a method of madness lately. When C and I are out doing errands, and he starts to get restless, I plug in my handy GPS and head to the closest park. Really, this method is not recommended. We've hit some major busts. You should definitely use some sort of local blog to help you out (wink wink). But this mad method did cause us to stumble over to Morreene Road Park in Durham last week.

This park was really enjoyable for us! The play gym itself is great for all ages. It is very toddler safe with ramps and tunnels and nice safety bars, yet also full of zip bars and monkey bars for older kids, too. There are all kinds of tactile boards for play for kids of all ages (one board even had a Learning Braille lesson). The piece d'resistance of the playground is the Sway Fun. It is a large thing that looks like a boat, can hold a group of kids, and sways back and forth.
There are swings here, including fancy seat-like swings, a bucket swing, and a traditional swing for older kids.

There is a pavilion with one picnic table under it.

The ground is synthetic cover, and nearly the entire area is fenced in.

A couple of negatives: no natural shade here so the playground could get very, very hot midday. Also, there was so much litter on the playground when we were there. It really was a shame. There were old plastic bottles, lids, discarded CapriSun packs....I am not sure how often this place is cleaned by Durham Parks & Rec. But it is also a good reminder to pick up after ourselves and our kids when we leave playgrounds to leave them nice for the next families.

There are permanent bathroom facilities on site, but these are generally locked and you should not expect them to be available when you visit. A port-a-john is provided near the playground.

A couple of nice benches flank the play area for parents to enjoy. Many of these are even in the shade!

Full list of amenities:
  • Basketball Courts(2)
  • Picnic Tables(2)
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center(Neighborhood Center)
  • Picnic Shelter(SMALL)
  • Tennis Courts(5)
  • Water Fountain
  • Youth Baseball Field

Morreene Road Park
1102 Moreene Road



At April 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous Liz said...

I wanted to note that the "fancy seat-like swing" is designed for children with special needs who need to additional support.

At April 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger allison c said...

I honestly did not know that (obviously)! I actually used them with C when he was smaller since he needed the extra support and found them great. Thanks so much for the information and comment. I appreciate it!


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