Friday, March 23, 2012

Robert V. Godbold Park - Cary

From Sarah C.:

Earlier in the month, D & I visited Godbold Park in Cary. It's located near the intersection of NW Maynard and Chapel Hill Roads. I hadn't been to this park since my college days and, suffice to say, it's changed a lot! It's a wonderful spot to play, exercise and enjoy art.

When you enter the parking lot, the tennis courts are on your left. Continue straight back and you can park a little closer to the playground. It features a single play structure, swings (regular & bucket style), see saw and sand box. The entire space has mulched ground.

Restrooms are located in a small building next to the playground and tennis courts. This might be a good post-playground spot whether heading home or further park exploration. We chose the latter and headed back to the parking lot and up the hill where the basketball courts, skate park and dog park are located. Unfortunately, our visit was the in morning so the skate park was closed. I'd really like to visit again when it's open. You can see through the chain link fence and I'm betting D would enjoy watching the older kids.

We also, to his disappointment, couldn't see very well into the dog park (plenty of landscaping!) but that didn't stop him from checking out all the fun painted fire hydrants outside of it. After taking a good look at several (eyes only - I have a strong feeling a few have been, um, used by visiting dogs), I finally convinced him to explore part of Black Creek Greenway. We followed it past the Lowes shopping center, through a tunnel and up to the corner of NW Maynard and Chapel Hill Roads. Here we got a close up look at part of "The Arts Alfresco" sculptures. I confess, I've always been curious about these people and benches made of brick when driving past. One safety tip here, do keep a good grip on young children as this is at the corner of a very busy intersection. D wanted to walk that day so I insisted on his buddy harness to allow him a little freedom and allow me to glance away for a moment while I took a photo.

Besides the added benefit of the art education and the fitness aspect of the walk from the park to the corner, look behind the drumming brick man and you'll spy a building that houses Starbucks and Jimmy Johns - perfect if you need a little refreshment during your visit.

Park amenities:

Robert V. Godbold Park | The Arts Alfresco
2050 NW Maynard Rd

Black Creek Greenway
See also, our Cary Greenway System post.



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