On a recent return trip from a meeting, I drove past Anderson Community Park located off of Highway 54 in Carrboro. This 55-acre park features baseball and softball fields, basketball, sand volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf course, dog park, fishing pond, a half-mile walking trail, and playground, along with shelters and open space.
I arrived at the park mid-afternoon and set out to explore. My first stop was the dog park where I saw a few citizens and their 4-legged friends enjoying the enclosed space. My next stop was the walking trail near the fishing pond. According to the sign posted by the NC Wildlife Commission, you can expect to catch Channel Catfish. It is always great to see partnerships between parks and recreation and other state and federal organizations to provide services to the community. While at the lake, which is very close to the highway, I didn’t notice the road noise due to a buffer of trees and the fountain in the lake. While an aesthetically pleasing feature, and it helped buffer the sound, I’m guessing the fountain also serves other purposes.
It is always interesting to see families together when I am at a park. On this visit, a father along with what I assume were his son and daughter came up to the basketball courts to shoot some hoops. While the son was doing most of the shooting, the daughter was doing cartwheels and entertaining herself. Occasionally she stopped to shoot a basket or rebound and then it was back to the cartwheels. I also got to view an ultimate frisbee practice taking place where the kids were learning different techniques or doing conditioning drills.
One thing that caught my eye was a sign listing all the rules. Most every park has them that lists the “don’t dos” while you are in the park. But what I loved about this sign was the last statement. It read, “This park is your park, please assist in the effort to maintain a safe, clean environment for your enjoyment”. Wow! What a nice way to end a list of rules with a positive statement and reminder that this “your park”!
If you find yourself in the Carrboro area, swing by Anderson Community Park and check it out for yourself. You can find more information online at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/347/Anderson-Community-Park