Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hidden Parks: Windsor Park in Matthews

Sometimes green space can be tucked in the most surprising places. Case in point: Windsor Park in Matthews, a little more than 20 minutes south of Uptown Charlotte.

This 5-acre park is situated unassumingly behind one of the many big-box-store-strip-mall complexes lining Independence Blvd.

For its size and location, Windsor Park boasts a surprising number of fun features. There's a trail system with 16 fitness stations, two large playground sets with swings and a zipline, a pond and creek with stepping stones and a pedestrian bridge for crossing, open play space, and picnic tables with a shelter. A large climbing tower and rope spider web also sit invitingly in the woods.

Despite the highway noise a stone's throw away, Windsor Park is quiet. And shady, which is a bonus on hot summer days.

This is a fun option for mixing up your playground routine.

Note: Porta potties are the only bathroom option.

How to get there:
Windsor Park is located at 10140 Northeast Parkway, Matthews, NC 28105.

Don't forget to pack:
  • Comfortable shoes: Enjoy the walking trail, among other features.
  • Water: Note that there are no facilities to refill.
  • Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses: Though the park is quite shady, protect yourself in open spaces.
  • Bug spray: In warmer months, fend off mosquitoes and ticks.

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