Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Old Chapel Hill Road Park - Durham

Like I said, we've been park hopping a lot lately.  I don't usually post articles mid-day... but since we have been to this park a few times already and were back just this morning, since the weather is gorgeous, and since both my boys are napping, it's a bonus!
About 6 or 7 months ago the City of Durham put in a playground at the Old Chapel Hill Road Park right off of SW Durham Dr.  I am so, so glad they did.  This park is very close to New Hope Commons and places like Red Robin, Jason's Deli, Panera, PetSmart, McAlister's Deli, Barnes & Noble, Buy Buy Baby, Starbucks, and whatever other fabulous places you visit often.

This park is great, too.  As one of the moms just this morning said, "This is the sort of playground IKEA would design."  It is.
All the equipment is Kompan and brand new, of course.  The area is large and has something for all ages even if not designated with specific age signage.  There are 2 regular swings and 2 bucket swings, a huge rope climbing structure with some interesting apparatus hanging off of it, a little skater-board-type-ramp-thing, a big wheel that turns, bucket seats that turn, a plastic car with tactile exhibits, a huge climbing structure, a tot-sized slide, and more!  There are benches for parents. But be careful because it seems like all the pieces have hidden moving parts.
The ground cover is mulch and there is not a lot of shade here.

Something to note: You can not see this playground from the parking lot.  Park then take the paved path that goes by the soccer fields towards the middle school (if you are looking at the restrooms it is the path on your right).  About a half mile in you will come to the playground.  So keep walking, it's there.  And, like I said, it is paved so strollers work.

By the way, just for a bit of fun take a look at the map that is posted at the park near the restrooms and see if you can spot all the errors.

Enjoy this new playground!  We're glad it's here and hope you are, too!

Amenities:
  • Athletic Field
  • Playground
  • Basketball Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Restrooms (permanent structures seasonal, there is a port a john)
  • Greenway Access
  • Field Lights
Old Chapel Hill Road Park
http://www.durhamnc.gov/
3751 SW Durham Dr
Durham

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