Cary, North Carolina
December 30, 2002
There's so much to do in the park that a visit here is almost overwhelming. One of the coolest things to visit is the duck pond. This fenced-in pond (though the ducks can come and go as they please) is home to all kinds of ducks and a pair of swans as well. We always bring our stale bread to feed them but you can put a nickel in the feed machine and get some duck food for them. (I think they like the bread better though.)
The park also features a mini train that kids and parents alike can ride. When I was a kid, we rode the train and loved to go through the 'tunnel'--we would always scream in the dark. The train seats are big enough for parents to ride with timid kids.
Once they're done with the train, kids can swing, slide, or just run around like crazy. Adults, meanwhile, can play volleyball, horseshoes, etc. There are always ball games going on somewhere in the park, whether it's high-school football games (go Leemen of R.E. Lee HS!) or little league baseball or tee-ball games on one of the several ball fields.
The 1.3-mile road that goes around the park is speed-controlled and lots of walkers/runners use it to get out of the gym in nice weather. There is stretching and warm-up equipment at the park entrance.
In the fall, the park is one of the best places to see the foliage. In the spring, flowers sprout everywhere. In the summer, there are picnic benches for family reunions and parties. There is also a golf course (Gypsy Hill Golf Course) and a swimming pool on site.
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