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21 Days Outdoors – Apex Nature Park

Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times. 

The town of Apex opened their new Nature Park in early April just in time for Summer fun. Though some features of the park are still undergoing a little bit of sprucing up, others are open and ready for play. The Saturday I visited, a birthday party was underway at one of the shelters, kids were enjoying playing on the climbing equipment and tennis matches were being played. Even with all that activity, the large expansive park felt sparsely populated.

The main park entrance, at 2600 Evans Road, allows access to the dog park (dogs must be registered to play in the park), a shelter with bathrooms and the Nature Park amphitheatre. The Halle Cultural Arts Center is organizing a series of free movies and music performances at the amphitheatre (this past Saturday was the first movie). Residents are invited to bring a chair or blanket and a picnic to enjoy during the shows (but leave the alcohol and pets at home please).

Paved paths loop around a future pond and water feature as they lead you towards the other half of the park, Seymour Athletic fields, where tennis courts, a playground, athletic fields, sand volleyball court and basketball courts are available for all sorts of play. Probably one of the most anticipated features in the park is the 18 hole disc golf course that winds its way through the woods. Signs at the park indicate the disc golf course is still under construction, though all the baskets were up, just waiting for someone to play through.

I don’t play disc golf but that course has me thinking… and there’s a new brewery in town too, just a ten minute drive from the Nature Park, perfect for a post event cool down. Cheers Apex on your pretty, new park. Enjoy it in good health.


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