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Playground Review: Kelly Road Park

Posted June 3, 2010

Apex has what I think is one of the best playgrounds in the Triangle at Kelly Road Park.

The 25-acre park, which sits behind Olive Chapel Elementary School at 1609 Kelly Rd., includes KidsTowne playground, a collection of turrets and corridors for running around in. The community turned out a decade ago to volunteer to build the playground.

The two-story structure with obstacles, rings and other play equipment is a favorite of many families. There's also a separate section for younger kids. Playground review: Kelly Road Park Playground review: Kelly Road Park

And I love that it's mostly enclosed by a fence. I just wish there was some shade.

See it for yourself in this video. Thanks to Kristi of North Raleigh and her family for letting me spend some time with them the other day!


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  • shall6 Jun 7, 2010

    I know what you mean mt06111 ... With this park, the only bad thing that I really saw was the lack of shade as noted in the post. I'd probably avoid this one on really hot, sunny days. The equipment looked in pretty good working order and my kid, along with others I've spoken too, have a good time. Though there are always things I don't know about (like the experience poovey had).

    There also are dozens of parks/playgrounds in the region. And many of them offer just a swing and slide set, which I don't find very original or worth noting for that matter. I'm looking for different, unusual parks that are unique. And that means that many of the reviews will offer more positive than negative criticism ... if that makes sense. I'm not going to waste anybody's time by just reviewing your standard playground.

    With that said, I'm also interested in noting playgrounds that aren't in good working order or need some attention. Look for a review of one of those in the next couple of weeks.


  • mt06111 Jun 7, 2010

    I like these park reviews, however, is anything negative/constructive criticism ever going to be said, or is this just a place to advertise different parks?

    If the latter that's fine, but it should stop being called a "review".

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  • yeller Jun 6, 2010

    My kids love this park, but after an horrible er trip and surgery at UNC for a 2" splinter in the groin, we no longer go. The wooden poles are VERY rough.

  • shall6 Jun 4, 2010

    Thanks for the tip!

  • kellypratz Jun 4, 2010

    Camelot Park in Pinehurst. All the materials used to build the park were donated by the local businesses. Looks like a castle and has all kinds of corridors and levels for kids to go thru, plenty of playground equipment and lots of shade. Great park.