So, I’ve never had such a relaxing Thanksgiving week in a long time. Our Thanksgiving holiday started by visiting Eastgate Park earlier this week. It was extra special because we were able to spend it with Bill, who took off for the holiday week. With us around I’m not sure it was much of a relaxing vacation for him, but we enjoyed having him around all week.
Eastgate Park is located at 4200 Quail Hollow Dr, not far from North Hills Mall. The parking lot is located on Quail Hollow Dr, but side-street parking is also available on Wingate Dr. After parking in the parking lot, you can head to the left towards Cooper’s Pond. This a small pond with an small overlook area and opportunity for fishing or visiting with the fauna. Around the pond, you’ll also find a cleared path and covered pavilion with picnic tables and charcoal grill. The path this week was covered with large leaves, perfect for great photo ops!
Eastgate Park has an unstaffed community center that is available for rent and commonly used for recreational programs. There is also a large open field with several soccer goals, basketball courts, and tennis courts. We spent a lot of time at the playground area this particular day. This playground is really nice for a few reasons: 1) the spongy surface, 2) the area is fenced in, and 3) both playground areas are near each other and have several swings. Even though Ashley is only 8 months old, she thoroughly enjoyed crawling around on the spongy surface and swinging on the tot swings. I consider both features to be crucial if you have a non-walking child! Babies and mulch just do not mix!
The playground has swings, slides, and climbing areas. There is also a sandbox and musical area in the smaller child playground. Another great feature of this playground are the benches lined around the perimeter. It’s a great place for parents to enjoy watching their children play. Down from the playground is a collection of covered picnic tables and sidewalk games like four square and hopscotch.
Thumbs up: sidewalk access to park, pond area, photo ops, playgrounds, benches near playground
Thumbs down: unattractive community building