We took advantage of another clear, sunny day this winter and stumbled upon Hill Street Park in east Raleigh. Never having been there before we set off with hopes of having a picnic after burning some energy on the playground and that’s exactly what we did!
Hill Street Park is located at 2307 Hill St at the bottom of a relatively steep hill. It has a very colorful community center that is mostly open for after-school programs and an adjacent pavilion with picnic tables and terraced landscaping to the nearby partially fenced-in playground. The playground area has a playground with slides, climbing ladder, steering wheel and nearby tot swings for the younger kids (ages 2-5). There is also a large play structure for the older kids (ages 5-12) that features a half-moon rope climbing structure, monkey bars, balance beam, spinning bars, climbing rings, slide and more. Both kids had a great time playing on both playgrounds and Claire had a fabulous time sitting in the dog-height water fountain bowl. Claire went down the small slides at least a dozen times and Ashley enjoyed climbing her way through each rope obstacle on the bigger kid playground. The bigger kid playground reminds me a lot of the indoor play structure at Greystone Community Center on crack. With so many climbing areas it’s nice any falls will be lessened by the rubberized surface.
After a lot of running around we picnicked on the nearby benches by the playground. The playground has little morning light so we huddled on a lone sunny bench to stay warm. We had the park to ourselves this particular weekday morning and look forward to sharing this hidden gem with friends next time!
Thumbs up: unique climbing structures, close proximity of pavilion to playground
Thumbs down: no access to restrooms when community center is closed