I raved about Garner's White Deer Park last week. What makes White Deer even better is that it's across the street from another major park in Garner: Lake Benson Park.
Lake Benson is a large park with nearly two miles of walking trails; a lake with a boat house that's open seasonally; picnic areas; lots of open space; and, count them, three playground areas.
The park's main play area includes a play set for young kids and older ones, along with a collection of swings and a climbing piece. The surface under all of the equipment is mulch. You'll find traditional play equipment here, including some tall slides, monkey bars and other ways for kids to climb.
The large tarps that shade both play structures are wonderful, welcome additions. Hats off to Garner for including these. (Take note Triangle parks departments).
A large picnic shelter and restrooms sit right next to the main play structure.
The two other play areas are much smaller. There are swings, monkey bars and some bouncy animals in a forested area closer to the lake and within view of the main playground. There's also an older play area with a slide, swings and bouncy animals that sits off a trail and the drive in and out of the park.
I love the variety of play equipment here, along with the walking trails. It was gorgeous out there when I visited one morning a couple of weeks ago. I also love the open spaces - from fields to forested areas - for sports and free play.
Bottom line: Lake Benson is a great park. Coupled with White Deer Park, you could easily spend a fun day exploring both.
Find Lake Benson at 921 Buffaloe Rd. in Garner. It's home to many of the town's special events. For more information, click here. For a closer look, watch the video.
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