Thursday, August 15, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Forest Hills Park

*For this Throwback Thursday I picked a post from March 2011 that was definitely un need of some updating.  Forest Hills Park has always been one of our favorite parks, and there have been some changes in the past 2.5 years.  While they no longer have a sandbox, there's still plenty of fun to be had at this Durham park.

What it is: This park, located in central Durham has many amenities that make it enjoyable for parents and kids. It has sets of swings for both small and older kids that are across the playground from each other. There is one large play structure with an area that is appropriate and accessible for young toddlers. This play structure also includes some tall slides that are more appropriate for the older preschool crowd. There's also a set of three large circular fountains that are turned on in the summer for kids to enjoy. It has a covered gazebo with a picnic table and is surrounded by large fields filled with huge trees. The park also includes other facilities such as restrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool in the summer, and more.

What we like: While this park is fun in the winter, it is fabulous in the summer! What makes this park unique is are the water features. If you go in the summer, make sure to have the little ones wear clothes they can get wet because they will want to run in through the fountains.  The large trees leave plenty of room to spread out a blanket in the shade and have a picnic before the kids play on the playgrounds or in the fountains.

Another great part of this park is the appearance of Kid Kind Creations which brings a fabulous art class to the park.  While there are currently no "art in the park" classes on their schedule.  Keep checking their website to join in on the fun! (

What we would change: While this playground is great, it can also be a little tricky in the summer to keep your little ones dry. If you don't wear clothes you can get wet, you can be in trouble with the water feature. In addition, while I really like the play structure, the last time I went, I noticed that the tall slides were really very high up for toddlers. I felt I needed to be up there with my toddler so he wouldn't fall, but then the only really quick way down was one of the slides themselves. It took a while to walk back down to catch my kid at the bottom of the slide.

Website and other important information: This park is located in central Durham off of University Blvd. just up the road from it's intersection with 15-501.



View of the park from the entrance

The large grassy fields with trees

Ring fountains that are turned on in the summer

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