Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Morreene Road Park

What it is: Morreene Rd. Park is a park located just off of 15-501 near Duke.  The playground portion of this park is almost entirely fenced in.  There is a pretty large blacktop area perfect for riding small bikes or drawing with chalk, a swing set complete with one toddler swing, one big kid swing, and two seat style swings.  There is one very small picnic shelter over one table in the area.  The primary attraction of this park is the huge play structure.  It has countless slides, dials and wheels for the kids to turn, monkey bars, and even a huge ship that rocks back and forth!  Outside of the fenced-in play structure area are a few tennis courts, a basketball court, and a baseball diamond.

What we liked: The play structure was one of the biggest I have ever seen.  There were so many different parts of it for my son to explore.  It was also great that it was mostly fenced in so I could relax a little bit.  Although the asphalt and slightly padded hard surface ground was not the best for small knees and elbows it looked great for toddlers riding around on little bikes or large chalk drawings.  In addition aspects like the seat-style swings and wide pathways on the play structure, this playground was nicely accessible for kids with disabilities.

What we would change: I don't think I'd go to this playground alone.  It seemed more unsafe than some, but I would not hesitate to go back with friends to check out this playground.  In addition, as I mentioned the hard ground might be a little harsher on falling toddlers.  The restrooms directly next to the playground were locked.  However, there was a small recreation center on the park grounds, but it was not open when we were there.

Website and other important information:

Website: http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/gis_apps/parkapp/park.cfm?selVal=park&ParkNam=Morreene+Road+Park

Address: 1102 MORREENE ROAD 27705, Durham, NC


1. A view of the whole play structure

2. A close up of part of the play structure

3. The play structure boat-fun!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a very fun play structure, with lots to explore! My kids are 5 1/2, 4, and 16 months, and I like that there's something for all of them and the fence makes it easy to supervise.

One big con is that all that blacktop plus the lack of late-day shade makes it HOT!!! This is a great place to go on a chilly day, but you'll roast here on a summer afternoon!

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