I know it’s a dreary, dreary day to be telling you about a great new playground in Chapel Hill. But tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 5, 2011) this little park has it’s grand reopening celebration and you should know about it! Read about the plans for that here.
Oakwood Park is located in the Glen Lennox neighborhood, on the corners of Berkley & Oakwood Drives. It was recently closed and overhauled for major renovations. The new spot is fantastically done, and I am a fan. I took some photos on my own which my computer promptly ate (blargh, technology) so here is a great shot from the Town of Chapel Hill. You can find many more photos of this playground on their website (see link below):
Oakwood Park is completely fenced in, which is the best thing about it. There are two play structures as well, both brand new. One is for older kids (pictured) and one is for younger children. Of course, our kids were meant for the younger but were obsessed with the older. And they could handle it just fine, except for the monkey-bar like things.
There are 2 bucket swings and 2 regular swings here as well as a little water feature (not operational while we were there) to look at.
The playground had some really different features such as a very interesting sculpture-looking seesaw and some big rings for kids to climb through.
The part of the playground that the town has been most proud of is the children’s art incorporated into the gate. When you go, check it out. It really is cool!
The ground cover is primarily mulch. There is little shade but some on the perimeters. And there are some nice benches for parents to rest on that are smack in the middle (a great spot for a quick jump up and grab your kid).
Tennis courts are nearby. Parking is on the street but there is plenty of it.
Enjoy this new little park all! Glen Lennox (and Fresh Market, picnic anyone?!!) are right down the street.
20 Oakwood Drive