The playground at Annie L. Jones Park in Cary isn't big or fancy, but coupled with a half-mile walk down the greenway to another small playground, it's worth a trip on these spring days that we should be getting any moment now.
Annie L. Jones Park sits off Tarbert Drive off Cary Parkway. The park features lighted tennis courts, a lighted ball field, two basketball slabs, restrooms, picnic tables, a playground and parking. The highlights of the shaded playground are the two two-seater bouncy rides - a car and a plane - that are extremely bouncy. My kids had a ball on them.
There also are belt and bucket swings, a small playset with a couple of slides, a sand area and a play house.
I'd start my visit by parking here in the lot, playing at the playground for a bit and making a quick stop at the restroom before heading out on the greenway. Playground Review: Annie L. Jones Park
To get to the greenway, cross Tarbert Drive and you'll see a greenway entrance right next to the Scottish Hills Recreation Club. The section of greenway, upgraded last year, is paved and pretty flat, great for strollers or little bike riders. You'll cross a couple of bridges, walk along a creek and come to a bench in case you need a rest.
Once you get to the second bridge and a T in the trail, turn left and head back toward Tarbert Drive. At Tarbert, cross the street and walk a very short stretch to another small playground with a couple of belt swings, a slide and a bench swing.
You can play there and then walk back the way you came on the greenway or just turn right and walk up Tarbert Drive back to Annie L. Jones Park.
For a closer look at the playgrounds and trail, watch the video. My kids and I had a fun afternoon exploring this new section of the greenway and the playgrounds.
Annie L. Jones Park is at 1414 Tarbert Dr., Cary.