For eight years, I lived in Durham, NC, and for eight years, I told myself "Someday!" when I drove past the abandoned Durham Funwerks amusement park on Garrett Road, right before the 15-501 intersection. Someday, I would explore the mysterious giant castle. Someday, I would hike my way through the overgrown mini-golf course to the tiny castle.Someday, I would indulge my love of strolling through vacant spaces I probably shouldn't be in at all.
It took nearly the whole eight years to get to it, but a few weeks before our move to California, I set aside an hour to trample the grounds and see what it hid from view of the road. Turns out it hid a lot! The park had only closed the year before I moved to Durham, but visitors to the park, both of human and animal form, had been busy in that time. I started in the main building, which no doubt held an arcade once. Now it houses a lot of graffiti.
The building's side actually holds the more interesting graffiti in that it created aesthetically pleasing lines and shades to my eye—I realize that sounds really pretentious, but I'm being honest, I swear.
Beyond the main building is a large concrete slab that likely hosted baseball cages or some other sports-affiliated activity at one point, but I couldn't tell you what that once was. It wasn't very exciting, but I was intrigued by the gate I spotted far off with my zoom lens.by