Monday, September 19, 2011

Rockwood Park - Durham

Aren't you loving these fall days?! Outdoor activities, outside of a pool or some other water feature, are on the map again. So last week when the first cold snap hit Sarah C. and I got out our jeans (why must maternity jeans be so ridiculous?) and went to visit Rockwood Park.
This little park in Durham is great! It is well shaded and set back significantly from any main road or thoroughfare. It is fenced in on one side, as well, and the open side runs into a little natural area. There are two play structures - one for kids 2-5 and one for kids 5 and up. The structure for the older kids made me a little nervous at times since one of the steps has very minimal handrails, but supervision is key anyhow with parks.

There are some ride-on toys that toddlers can easily get in and out of but that also accommodate older kids. Two bucket swings and two regular swings complete the offerings here. The ground cover is mulch.

However, a nice little perk of this park is the small trail that meanders through the trees. You can follow it up to the basketball court and then around and over a little creek. It is roughly paved, too, so that little tykes and kids can ride trikes, push toys, and mama can follow with a stroller.

There are also a bunch of benches in the shade (for mama to rest), some picnic tables, and a pavilion buried in the woods.

There was a shelter here that looked like rudimentary bathrooms but neither Sarah C. nor I were desperate enough to try it out for you all so we won't really comment on them here!

This is also in a great location, very close to where 15/501 dead ends into University Drive in Durham. You can pair with with a stop at Bull City Craft (love!), Little Gym, Local Yogurt, Foster's Market, or a variety of things in the area.

Sarah C. and I took our brood for an early lunch at Guglhupf. We won't do a separate blog spot on Guglhupf since nothing spectacular in kids' dining (we had a hard time with the steps, strollers, high chairs, etc) but I do so love to eat there, their food is delicious, and they have a grilled Nutella sandwich on the kids menu. Um, yum! Definitely get a cream puff if you go in, too.

Psst- My GPS had a hard time finding Rockwood Park, so just make sure you Mapquest it before you go!

Full list of amenities:
  • Basketball Courts (1)
  • Grills (2)
  • Picnic Tables (6)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Shelter (SMALL)
  • Water Fountain
Rockwood Park

2310 Whitley Drive



At September 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM , Anonymous Laura R. said...

You'll have to try out Nanataco which just opened a couple of weeks ago (across from Local Yogurt in the old Rockwood Pizza/Fish Shack location). Haven't been but always interested in other options besides Carrburrito's , Margaret's Cantina and Flying Burrito. Although, nothing can probably top Margaret's with my boys! Love Rockwood Park.

At September 21, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Blogger Allison said...

Hey Laura! Been missing you and your very helpful comments! I saw Nanataco and it looked neat but, honestly, didn't know anything about it and since Sarah C. had never been to Guglhupf before we HAD to try that! We'll have to get in to the new spot when we get that way again (which isn't hard since JoAnn's fabrics is right around the corner).


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