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Posted on: June 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Parks System Offers Choices for Summertime Play

Holly Springs Parks and Recreation has lots of choices this summer for folks wanting to get out and play or just enjoy a break from work or school. The Town intends to provide even more opportunities in the months ahead.

The synthetic turf multi-purpose field at Womble Park has times for free, open play throughout the week. This summer, at least one quadrant and usually more is open for free play 15 hours each week at these times:

• Sunday through Friday, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
• Saturday, 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Free play becomes available at other times, too, when the gates open for rentals that don’t require the entire field. Many rentals need only one or two quadrants. So a fuller schedule of bookings means more times for free play on unreserved sections.

The field schedule is posted seven days out and is updated as new rentals come in. So go online or call Hunt Recreation Center at (919) 557-9600 for all the free play opportunities.

The Town is looking for ways to expand access to the multi-purpose field and to the recently-acquired Sugg Farm Park property.

“One of our objectives has always been to extend the number of hours for Sugg Farm and for Womble,” Town Manager Charles Simmons said.

To date, Sugg Farm has been open primarily for special events, such as the upcoming Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 5. However, the Parks and Recreation Department plans to hire additional part-time staff to open Sugg Farm Park on weekends in the near future.

Gates to the multi-purpose field at Womble are locked except during rentals and scheduled free play to protect the field from damage.

With advances in technology, synthetic turf is growing in popularity. There are tradeoffs. Synthetic turf is more expensive to install than grass seed or sod. There also are maintenance considerations with synthetic turf that are less of an issue with the “grow and mow” variety.

However, synthetic turf costs less to maintain than grass. It can accommodate more usage. There’s no closing the field to regrow grass. Rainouts are less likely. During the Town’s most recent youth soccer league season, there were times that play proceeded on the turf field when the grass field next to the Hunt Center was too wet for anyone to use.

That grass field, known as “The Pit”, usually is an alternative for those looking for a place to kick a ball around when the lighted, synthetic turf field is locked. Moveable soccer goals are present in The Pit, although it's not just for soccer.

Among the Parks and Recreation Department’s latest additions is a 1.3 mile paved greenway that connects Womble and Bass Lake parks, passing near Sugg Farm Park.

Until Sugg Farm opens part-time, Bass Lake Park is a great place to stroll, jog, or just sit and enjoy nature. Dogs are welcome when on a leash. Bass Lake is also a favorite place for fishing.

There’s a fishing pond at Jones Park, which is next to Holly Springs Elementary School. The most recent additions to Jones Park include a playground. Volunteers are working on an 18-hole disc golf course.

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