Friday, January 6, 2012

Honeycutt Park - Raleigh

A post today from Katie about a park in Raleigh that sounds nice (and we're taking advantage of warm(er) weather whenever we can).  We've already mentioned this park in our post about Upper Crust Bakery.  Don't forget that Simply Crepes is also in Lafayette Village, close by as well!:
 
Oh the weather outside is…well, not too terribly frightful these upcoming days.  And it has to get pretty cold before H and I stop going to outdoor parks to burn off some much needed steam.  A couple of weeks ago we happened, quite by accident, on Honeycutt Park in Raleigh.  For this Mom in Chapel Hill, Honeycutt Park is a hidden gem.  Located off, you guessed it, Honeycutt Road in relatively close proximity to 540 and Lafayette Village, it was just the outdoor outlet we needed after a morning of Raleigh errands.

Let's look at the park...  The playground equipment is new and in very good condition, with two distinct play areas, one for toddlers and preschoolers and one for the bigger kiddos, with a set of swings  (2 bucket, 2 regular) in the middle.  H loved all of the climbing sections of the playground equipment, and, as usual, the swings and the slides were a big hit.  He also loved running back and forth between the two playsets.  We easily spent over an hour and got back in the car with one very happy, and very worn out, 2 year old.

I snuck away for a moment to check out all the details while DH and H worked hard at climbing and racing.  Ground cover is primarily mulch/wood chips.  There are bathrooms that are quite clean for a public park, with a changing table.  These are located just off the covered picnic area that looks out onto the playground.   The playground is next to a wooded area, and so was shaded when we were there, but I can only imagine that at certain times of day some of the equipment could get hot.

There are also ball fields and other facilities for more organized sports.  Parking is ample.  One of my favorite things, though, is that Honeycutt Park is on the Capital Area Greenway, so you can easily pack your stroller, bikes or trikes and get some exercise for the whole family.  (The Honeycutt Park section of the Greenway is 0.36 miles of paved pathway.  For more information on the Capital Area Greenway System, click here).

Happy Playing!  We will definitely be going back!

Honeycutt Park
http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts/content/PRecRecreation/Articles/HoneycuttPark.html
1032 Clear Creek Farm Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

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