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E. Carroll Joyner Park - Wake Forest, NC

In honor of Dune 2, we’re hard at work training to go to Arrakis and ride sandworms with the Fremen. 😁 Juuuuust kidding.

(But seriously, Dune 2 was great. 🤓)

Anyway, to the main attraction: we had a fantastic time at this park located right behind the community center in E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest. This is another creative playground setup by Earthscape Play, the same crew who did Downtown Cary Park’s cardinals and the revamped playground at Bond Park. Much of it is made of natural materials like wood, so it is showing a bit of wear, but we still found the birds, bird house, and giant caterpillar scene to be magical. The park also has another play structure with a slide, climbing logs, some swings, a low-to-the-ground swinging disk, and an accessible roller slide.

Plenty of parking is available with it being next to the community center, but it’s an interesting choice that the center can’t be accessed from the doors in the back closest to the park (see photo 8). There was a port-o-potty to the side of the playground, but honestly that’s not ideal for kids, making the lack of a direct entrance from the playground to the center even more confusing. (We found this out because we needed the potty and had to walk all the way around. Go to the right, not the left, it’s shorter. I’m sure there must be a reason, but yeah, just frustrating.)

This park has squishy ground in some areas, but also mulch in others, plus a large sort of chasm dividing the caterpillar area from the other main play area - see photo 6. It also can get a bit steep at points, so just keep an eye on your littles by this area.

Joyner Park also boasts other amenities like trails (including a Kids in Parks TRACK Trail), restored farm buildings, beautiful gardens, an amphitheatre, and fishing. You can also do a playground two-fer and go to the brand new Wake Forest Parks' Holding Park accessible playground, which is only 5 minutes away. (Post on that coming soon!)

What is your favorite part about Town of Wake Forest’s Joyner Park? Let us know in the comments!

(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram on March 13, 2024, and Facebook on May 21, 2024.)

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