Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MacDonald Woods Park & Hinshaw Greenway

From Sarah C.:

MacDonald Woods Park in Cary is tucked into a neighborhood directly west of Kids Together Playground at Marla Dorrel Park. The two parks are connected via the Hinshaw Greenway. We started our visit by walking the greenway to Marla Dorrel Park. The two parks are 0.80 miles apart. Not too far from MacDonald Woods Park, the greenway reaches US Hwy 1/64 and crosses it with a pedestrian bridge. We thought D would find this neat - and he did. It was loud, and a bit windy during our visit, but he was totally fascinated by the vehicles passing under us.

We continued to Kids Together Playground to let D play for a few minutes and to see how the path was. The entire path is wide and paved. An easy walk although there were times we carried D so keep in mind if you want to bring a stroller along for the adventure.

Overview of MacDonald Woods Park
When we returned to MacDonald Woods Park, he was still full of energy and eager to play. We were glad we made the visit. The playground has a few "typical" pieces (play structures for younger and older children, sandbox, teeter totters), but also a merry-go-round and a nice small toddler play structure. The latter featured a single step, a ramp, hand rails, objects on the sides to touch/spin and a mirror inside to view themselves. Really a nice find if you had a crawler or little one just starting to take steps.

The playground does have rubber surface. Beyond it is an open field, picnic tables and basketball court. Do note there are no restroom facilities here. Plan accordingly or visit those at Marla Dorrel Park.

Full list of amenties:
  • Trail Access to Hinshaw Greenway
  • 1 Basketball Slab
  • 1 Open Play Field
  • Playground
  • Picnic Tables

MacDonald Woods Park
http://www.townofcary.org/.../Parks/MacDonald_Woods_Park.htm
1601 Seabrook Ave
Cary

Hinshaw Greenway
http://www.townofcary.org/.../Greenways/hinshaw.htm | PDF map
See also, our Cary Greenway System post.

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