Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Northgate Park - Durham

If this rain clears out we're looking at potentially lower temperatures for a few days.  Anyone else happy about that?  Let's hit a park!

After our movie adventure a few weeks ago I decided to assuage my Mom-guilt about sitting inside at a brain-drying movie (TOTALLY WORTH IT for the adventure and experience, by the way) by getting in some good outdoors time.  So we hopped on over to Northgate park.  This park was cute!

The playground for olders kids was fairly new and creative.  It reminded me some of Old Chapel Hill Road Park - spiderwebs and interesting tactile exercises for the kids.  This is definitely for the older crowd, though.  You can climb quite high and there are no handrails, guards, etc.  It also requires a fair amount of dexterity.

For the younger group there is a toddler playground nearby.  These 2 sites have good line of vision to and from each other but they aren't really close enough for a parent to navigate both easily.  The toddler playground has a little slide and some climbing equipment, very cute and in good condition.

Surprisingly, there was shade around this playground.  There are a lot of old trees around that provide good, although not necessarily solid, shade around the area.  Ground cover is mulch.  I thought this park was, really, just pretty all around.

This park is one of the major stops for the Ellerbe Creek Trail.  From an area near the toddler playground there is a little bridge that goes over the Creek and to a paved walking path. 

Ellerbe Creek Trail is a total of 4 miles but I hear there is a hidden dinosaur somewhere along the path.  We didn't find it because little feet couldn't last that long but it is an easy walk - also stroller and bike friendly.  For more information on Ellerbe Creek Trail I am going to punt you over to Wikipedia, believe it or not.

Full list of amenities:
  • Dog Park
  • Greenway Access
  • Grills(2)
  • Soccer Fiels & Field Lights
  • Picnic Tables(4)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Shelter(LARGE)
  • Tennis Courts(2)
  • Water Fountain

Northgate Park
300 West Club Blvd


At July 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM , Blogger rhiannon said...

During the winter you can see the dinosaur from Murray Ave (the road that Life and Science is on). If you're driving toward L&S from Duke St look to your right as you pass the trail, just before you get to the museum. It's also a very short walk from the museum to the Bronto.


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