Bufflaoe Road Athletic Park is home to some of the nicest ball fields in Raleigh. Built in 2003, the park includes five fields and bleacher seating that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. This park is host to many local and national softball and baseball competitions.
The five fields are all lit and maintained via underground irrigation. Nearby is a 400 meter track and a large multi-purpose field. Near the entrance to the park, there’s a good-sized playground area and restrooms.
I was surprised to discover a wetland area and greenway that runs along the south side of the park. A raised boardwalk gives you access to this peaceful area.
As I mentioned last year, this park will soon be home to the Buffaloe Road Aquatics Center. This facility will include a giant water slide, a lazy river, a ‘vortex’ area and a spray-ground. All features are indoor, providing an extended season. The focus for this center will be on recreational swimming and it will offer a fun water-park experience. The new 18,000 sq. ft. building will be LEED registered and include lots of cutting-edge green features. The center is expected to open in the Fall of 2011.