What it is: Edison Johnson is actually a large community center that offers a lot of kids' art classes, has an indoor pool for lessons and open swimming, and yes, it also has a playground. The community center is currently being fixed up, so it will be closed until Memorial Day 2010, but the playground is still open. It has a large sand play area, with a water feature, and a water spray area, plus slides and swings.
What we like: This playground is nice when the other ones are muddy from recent rain, it doesn't get muddy and dries up quick.
What we would change: Some shade would be nice, mid-day is bright there.
Website and directions: Edison Johnson is tucked away right next to the Museum of Life and Science, behind a row of trees, so you need to look for the sign and turn into the parking lot before you'll see the whole thing.
Website: http://events.mync.com/durham-nc/venues/show/480429-edison-johnson-recreation-center (This website at least has a map. I've found that Durham's website is not the best for information about their recreation centers.)
1. A view of the park and center as you drive by
2. A close-up view
3. The information sign about their closure and upcoming activities