Burley Park

Burley Park sign

After visiting Burley Park, my search for the perfect park in Lexington continues.

Located in the middle of an explosion of high-density housing, Burley Park is a small park at the corner of Burley Avenue and Francis Avenue.  The park was here prior to all of the new construction. There are still lots of single-family homes around here and lots of kids.

Screen grab from google maps
Screen grab from google maps

There are two sets of playground equipment, one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12. Both sets of equipment are in good shape. There are lots of climbing sections and some good slides but no real running around space, due to the size of the park and the structures themselves.

Playground structure for ages 2-5.
Playground structure for ages 2-5.
Just right for your littles.
Just right for your littles.
Playground structure for ages 5-12.
Playground structure for ages 5-12.
Burley Park sign
Fun monkey bars on the 5-12 structure.

The playground has little to no shade. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring some water if you’re planning to stay very long. There is a working water fountain but it had some junk in it.

Cool water running.
Cool water running.

There are basketball courts that are in fine shape and probably the most used item in this playground. Picnic tables are situated off to the side on which I’ve seen lots of waiters for the courts and people enjoying the game.

burley-park-basketball-courts

Place to sit, a little wobbly, but offers a good view of the court.
Place to sit, a little wobbly, but offers a good view of the court.
Nice place to sit. I wish there were some shade.
Nice place to sit. I wish there were some shade.

I found some broken glass under a tree which pissed me off. I’m sure that there is some late night balling and drinking but throw out your damn bottles. This is a playground for kids.

Pick up your bottles, jerks.
Pick up your bottles, jerks.

Overall, it’s a fine park, the equipment is nice, and they have something for the younger set. However, with lack of parking and the other users not cleaning up after themselves, it’s not the best. It’s great for the neighborhood kids to have a place to go of whom I’ve met quite a few the numerous times we’ve been there. One sweet girl loved playing with my youngest.

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