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Playground Review: Abbotts Creek Community Center

Posted January 7

Late last year, the city of Raleigh opened a new park and playground in north Raleigh.

Abbotts Creek Community Center, with a playground right next to it, sits off Durant Road next to the new Abbotts Creek Elementary School, which is part of the Wake County Public School System. The open and airy 26,000-square-foot community center features a gym, multipurpose room, fitness room and classrooms. Outside, is a playground with a shade structure and rubber floor.

I had a chance to check out the playground this week. As you'll see in the video, the playground is small, but offers some great opportunities for kids to burn off some steam and strengthen their arm and core muscles with all sorts of climbers.

We especially enjoyed the rope climbers and rings that are designed for kids to pull themselves through. The marble board for younger kids is a hit. And I love that this playground includes swings - both belt and bucket.

The playground is bounded entirely by a fence that has a couple of exits. And just outside the fence are a couple of playground games painted in the concrete, along with some racing lanes that are great for running and scooters.

Another bonus: A shade covers nearly the entire playground, making it playable during those hot summer months.

Abbotts Creek is built on the former North Wake Landfill's "borrow site" where soil had been stored for the old landfill. The playground, tucked on the side of the new Raleigh community center, has a kind of urban feel as it's surrounded by more cement than grass.

If you're looking for more grass, head over to Wake County's North Wake Landfill District Park, which is just down the street, or Raleigh's Durant Nature Park, which isn't too far down the street. You could make a day of it and go to all three of them!

Abbotts Creek Community Center is at 9950 Durant Rd., Raleigh. Watch the video for a quick tour.

Go Ask Mom features places to take kids every Friday. For more, check our posts on parks and playgrounds and Triangle family destinations.

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