There’s a lot going on at Eastgate this year. The old bridge and pier in the pond have been removed and the outdated playground has been scrapped. But next week, I’m joining a bunch of volunteers, sponsored by the Realtor Foundation of the Triangle, to install a new playground in the park.
The land for this park was purchased by the city in 1972, but the area was recognized by J Cooper Young (a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh) as a place of beauty back in 1915. There’s a plaque near the pond commemorating this.
There are some nice trails and picnic opportunities (benches and a shelter) around the pond. There’s some pretty interesting-looking 70’s era concrete storm-water management devices at both ends of the pond.
The tennis courts were bustling on the morning I visited. There’s also a big multi-purpose field along Wingate Drive on the east side of the park.
I’ll post some photos of the new playground once we’re done with it!