The entrance to Lake Wheeler Park, Raleigh NC.
My Lake Wheeler slideshow from July, 2007.
You just cannot beat a pretty day and water!
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary NC is a great stop off for a shady stroll in the woods. And, be careful! At Hemlock Bluffs, you are always at risk of learning something about nature!
Located south of downtown Cary, at 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is easily accessed from surrounding neighborhoods, and also by visitors to Harold D Ritter Park, via the Swift Creek Greenway. The Preserve and Stevens Nature Park combined with other parcels owned by the State of North Carolina and the Town of Cary totals well over 100 acres of lovely wooded scenery.
While any shady walk in the woods is nice on a 93 degree Cary Spring day, this stroll is extra nice due to the paths and walkways that were constructed, often supported by local Boy Scouts working for Eagle Scout rank.
Additionally, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is home to a lovely stand of Eastern Hemlock trees, which are over 200 miles from their typical growing environment. The steep north-facing bluffs help buffer the heat of summer and provide the hemlocks a reasonably suitable growing environment. Recently, the hemlocks were infested with a parasite, and efforts by the Town of Cary and the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs, the parasite was controlled. Hemlocks are truly a graceful conifer, and that was good news.
Indoor and outdoor classrooms and group educational programs are very popular at Hemlock Bluffs. The preserve and Nature Park revolve around teaching, learning, and appreciation for the natural surroundings.
A fellow with a camera could shoot until his storage was full. I proved it today:
Cary’s Harold D. Ritter Park is located at 301 Lochmere Drive West, which is off Kildaire Farm Road.
The 20 acre park offers Town of Cary residents, particularly residents of nearby Lochmere, Williamsburg Commons, and Crescent Arbors apartments, room to roam. Among the park amenities are two ball fields, a basketball court, a comfort station, access to Swift Creek Greenway, a large playground area, a huge picnic shelter, and open play fields.
Lovely landscaping adds to the appeal, as many stately crape myrtles decorate the park.
Ritter Park is tucked away, but easily accessed and the recreational opportunities and beauty of the surroundings make it a very popular Cary destination.
The Veterans Freedom Park in Cary NC is located at the corner of Cary Parkway and North Harrison Avenue, on the north side of Cary. It was dedicated July 1, 2003, but has not been completed to date. I rather like it as a quiet place, as it is, for reflection.
The lush grounds of the park, and the size of 11 acres help the visitor focus on quiet and peace, rather than the busy N Harrison Avenue thoroughfare. That removal from the daily hubbub seemes fitting, in accordance with appreciation and remembrance of the sacrifices made by so many.
Veterans Freedom Park has been spurred by commitment of SAS Institute to donate the 11 acres to the National Veterans Freedom Park Foundation and to pay to install a 120 foot granite spire memorial, in addition to the existing monuments.
Green Hope Elementary School Park in Cary NC is a small park, built in partnership between the Town of Cary, Wake County, and the Wake County Public School System.
As land is acquired for schools, over the last several years, Wake County has often been able to acquire extra land, and provide park opportunities to the local communities the schools serve. Nice and efficient.
Green Hope Elementary School Park provides simple facilities. There are three soccer fields, four sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, a picnic shelter, and a small play area. The setting of the common areas, central and in a grove of trees, makes the park very attractive.
Preston Village adjoins the park, and homes are visible around the edges of the park.
Across the street, Louis Stephens Drive, you will find the Cary Tennis Park complex, a well-known local destination for serious tennis play and tournaments.