It wasn't very difficult for Raleigh parks to improve on the old playground that once stood at Millbrook Exchange Park. That one, with a sandy surface and old equipment that was old, worn and useless in the summer when the sun on the metal pieces made it way too hot to play.
As I reported, the city shut down the playground earlier this year and replaced it with a brand new one, which opened up this summer. Since then, the park has been teeming with families each time we're there. And we're there fairly regularly.
The new playground, with rubber surfacing, features two large, colorful play pieces. One, designed for kids ages 2 to 5, includes slides, climbing structures and lots of drums to bang on. Bucket swings and bouncy rides sit nearby. Playground Review: Millbrook Exchange Park
The main focus is the giant set, designed for kids ages 5 to 12. This tall play piece includes multiple slides, ways to climb, monkey bars and more. It's so tall that there's a world of fun underneath it with slides, tunnel and other pieces. The playground also includes bucket swings and a swing designed for kids with special needs.
In the center of the playground, a natural area includes some stepping stones.
Both my kids - ages 8 and 4 - love to play here. My four-year-old sticks to the larger play piece most of the time. Because it is so tall, there are a few openings that make me a little nervous when she's up so high. If you have young ones who like to play with the big kids, you'll want to keep an eye on that.
The playground sits right next to Millbrook Exchange community center, where you'll find bathrooms and water fountains. There's lots of parking right next to the playground as well.
It's a great addition to an already great park, which also offers a tennis center, year-round pool with seasonal wading pool and sprayground, dog park and ball fields.
For a closer look, check my quick video tour.
Millbrook Exchange Park is at 1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh.