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50 at 50 | January 12

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Friday, January 12, 2018

On the break between Christmas and New Year, I ventured out on a few of those chilly days to visit parks and found South Park in Fuquay-Varina. Having looked at the website, I was expecting to find just the park and what I found was so much more. South Park is 25-acres and is the location for many of the Town’s special events. I found fields for playing baseball, softball, and soccer along with a batting cage. There are 2 playgrounds, near the splash pad along with a picnic shelter. A quarter-mile track for walking/running is along the perimeter of the park and provides access to the Jeff Wells Trail.

In addition to the park and all of its amenities, on the adjoining property was the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. While exploring the facility, I found open play happening in one-half of the side-by-side gyms. In addition to several meeting/classrooms, there was a fitness facility and a demonstration kitchen. I loved the cooking tips on the wall as I could use them for cooking at home as well to avoid burned hands, missing an ingredient and the last tip was about experimenting with different herbs and spices - something I need to do more.

Back outside in the park, I saw several adults braving the cold weather to get in their steps on the track and a father was teaching his young kids how to drive the remote controlled car that I assume was a recent gift. Without many visitors nearby, it was a great open space to learn. I’m always amazed to see the many non-traditional reasons citizens visit parks.

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