Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Playground Review: Old Chapel Hill Road Park

Old Chapel Hill Road Park - Southwest Durham Dr*, Durham, NC
Visited: Sunday, August 3, 2014
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(* - Yes, the main entrance to "Old Chapel Hill Road Park" is not on Old Chapel Hill Road.)

Summary: We were just looking for a playground close to the place we wanted to go to dinner in Durham, but this turned out to be a pretty good find! We've had a hard time finding good playgrounds in Durham, but this is one is the only playground we've been to in Durham (so far) that stacks up against the best playgrounds of Wake County.

(Note: The individual scores are calibrated so that 50% is an average score. "Perfect" scores are rarely given. The star rating system takes all this into account, such that an "average" playground corresponds to about 3½ stars.)

Things for Marla to do: 12/20. Swings, a small slide, a few things to climb on...sounds pretty standard, but it's actually pretty unique:


Uniqueness: 9/10. Definitely not the boring plastic green and yellow playground we've grown accustomed to. The "uniqueness" rating was made for playgrounds like this one. And there are several play sets that I haven't seen anywhere else, such as this ring which spins around and around, and which Marla loved:


Marla wasn't old enough for everything on the playground, including some kind of skateboard type thing (another play set I hadn't seen before) and a rope set.

Upkeep: 9/10. Everything is in great shape, but the playground was only built in 2011, so I can't give a perfect upkeep score (although I can go above the 8/10 score I give to brand new playgrounds, I decided). No trash, either, other than a bag of chips that another family left on one side of the playground before walking over to the other side of the playground. (I didn't count that against the playground score, because I assumed they would retrieve their bag of chips before they left.)

Crowd: 4/10. It's quite a walk from the parking lot to the playground, and so I didn't expect it to be particularly busy...but nope, it was busy. Nothing atypical for a nice Sunday afternoon, though.

Marla enjoyment: 4/5. Could have maybe done 5/5 here, but I think we spent too much time on the swings for that.

TOTAL: 38/55 (★★★★½). The best playground in Durham! So far.

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