Monday, August 20, 2012

Oval Drive Park - Durham

Even though you are indoors-bound today (check out our list of indoor play places for ideas there), cooler temperatures are coming.  In fact, we're looking forward to fall, so let's hit a park today, shall we?

My boys and I met some friends out at Oval Drive Park in Durham and had a fantastic time here.  The main draw for us?  The "pirate ship."  C loves to pretend he is a pirate these days so this park beckoned.
Oval Drive Park is buried in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.  The vibe here reminded me a lot of American Village Park in Durham.  It felt well-loved, there were toys that were clearly donated by neighbors, and the area was cute.

This park was pretty big with a lot of nice features: swings (traditional and toddler swings), a climbing wall, a turtle to climb on, a pirate ship, a slide, ride on bouncing toys, a jungle gym to climb on, and more.  The park is split in two by Club Boulevard but given it's size and fencing was very safe.  All of the activities that attract the children (including a nice, flat paved path that is great for little bikers and an ampitheater of sorts) is on one side.
Ground cover is mulch and there isn't much shade here on the playground although there are trees all around if you need a break.  There also weren't many benches and picnic tables to enjoy, however, there was plenty of space to sit on some beautiful grass surrounding the playground area.  And who are we kidding?  We generally have to run around after our kids whenever we are outside.

There are a bunch of fields to play ball here, too.  In short, a really wonderful park with a surprising amount of space.

Amenities:
  • Adult Softball Field
  • Basketball Courts(1)
  • Grills(3)
  • Picnic Tables(3)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Shelter(SMALL)
  • Tennis Courts(2)
  • Water Fountain
Oval Drive Park
West Club Boulevard & Oval Drive
(for GPS: use 1100 Oakland Ave)
Durham

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