Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, Alexandria, VA!

Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, Alexandria, VA!

 Last week we spend some time at a few parks in Alexandria and came across this park.  Eugene Simpson Stadium Park has a baseball playing field, concession stands and a mini, gated in dog park.

Address: 426 E. Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22301

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Eugene Simpson Stadium Park is located right off of Monroe Street, across the street from Giant and the YMCA.  There are ball fields, basketball court, bleachers, concession stands and a dog park.  There is a small parking lot as you first enter the park.  The dog park is a nice size to let them run around and have fun.  It was very busy that day and it was cute to watch all the dogs run around.

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If you live nearby and have a dog, this is a park worth trying out.  Or if you have a child playing ball, bring along your dog and enjoy some time at the dog park.

 

 

Collingwood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Collingwood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Collingwood Park in Alexandria, VA has gotten new play equipment.  The park also includes two (2) unlit little league fields, two (2) unlit tennis courts, one (1) unlit basketball court, and two (2) unlit soccer/football fields.

Address: 8200 West Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, VA 22308

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The fenced-in playground area has one medium sized play equipment and both regular and toddler swings. A restroom is available in the form of a porta pottie near the tennis courts and playground. There isn’t much shade around the equipment but there are a few picnic tables by the tennis courts under some trees.

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A very cute park in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria. If you live in the neighborhood or you’re just looking for a new place to play in Alexandria, check out Collingwood Park.

Burgundy Community Center in Alexandria, VA!

Burgundy Community Center in Alexandria, VA!

  Established in 1970 for residents of the Burgundy Village area in Alexandria, Burgundy Community Center is located in Alexandria and has plenty of shade when traveling to this park.

5516 Norton Road, Alexandria, VA 22303

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Cameron Elementary School is located right next to this community center.  There is an open parking lot with plenty of parking.  There are two pieces of equipment, one shaded and one not as shaded.  Though there are not any swings, there are walking trails, basketball and tennis courts.  The walking/hiking trail is connected to the Burgundy Village neighborhood.  There are not any outside restrooms, although you can easily go into the school or the Community Center and use the indoor restrooms.  On the trail, near the other playground is a little bridge to cross.  My boys loved walking over the bridge, to see what was under it, especially since we went to this park in the Fall.

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If you are located in the Burgundy Village, I highly recommend checking out the park at this Community Center and look into their activity schedule while you visit!

Jefferson Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Jefferson Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Located off of Telegraph Road, Jefferson Manor Park is a very spacious Fairfax County park which offers a nice sized playground and lots of room to run around.

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2909 Farmington Drive, Alexandria, Va 22310

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This park is an ideal location for a family or friends get together.  Some of the amenities include baseball court, little league field, playground area, restrooms and a huge scenic area with lots of room to run around ( bring a ball or boccie ball to entertain all).   The playground is a nicely sized lot including two slides, monkey bars and other play areas.  Jefferson Manor Park also has a baseball field, basketball court, pavilion, grills, restrooms, picnic tables and benches.  The pavilion can be rented for just a small amount.  As a mom with two young kids,  I really enjoyed that the parking lot was at the bottom of the hill, off of the main road, making it convenient to let the little minds explore around the park.

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This park has so much to offer.  If you are in the Alexandria area or are planning to be, I highly recommend planning a day trip with your family or group of friends and enjoy all the perks this park has to offer!

Please note:  If you would like to book their shelter, please click here.

Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, VA

Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, VA

Bucknell Manor Park is located in Alexandria at the center of the Bucknell Manor community.  This park has a small parking lot for those that are not walking from the community neighborhood.

Address: 2266 Beacon Hill Rd, Alexandria, VA 22306

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Bucknell Manor Park is located right off of Beacon Hill.  This park has a basketball court, baseball diamond as well as two nicely sized tot lots.  The playground aspect of this park can be entered through the parking lot and is located in the middle of the park, away from the road.  The playground has two units; a few slides, tunnel to crawl through, monkey bars and a ride on horse. There are also trash cans, picnic tables, benches and a grill to make your day out to Bucknell Manor Park worth the stop.  Restrooms are there May-October.  Although there is not any shade around the playground itself, there is plenty of shade around the picnic tables.

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If you are in the Bucknell Manor Community, you should check out this park and enjoy a nice game of basketball or baseball.

Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, VA!

Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, VA!

Huntley Meadows Park makes my Top 10 list! My boys have never seen so many turtles, frogs and dragonflies in one place. Huntley Meadows Park is 1500-acres with a freshwater wetland. The park includes a Visitor Center, 3 different trails, 1/2 mile of Boardwalk trail through the wetlands, Observation Tower, and a whole lot of different wildlife throughout the park.

Address: 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306

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The visitor center in the park has several exhibits that are interactive. The different exhibits explain the history of the wetlands and the different birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that can be found in the wetlands. Educational programs and events are put on by the Fairfax County Park Authority at the Visitor Center classrooms and auditorium. The visitor center does have indoor restrooms and water fountains for public use.

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The boys loved the boardwalk trail through the wetlands. We saw a ton of wildlife including dragonflies, all different turtle species, frogs, fish, Great Blue Heron but we didn’t make it out to the observation tower to see the beavers. Sadly the youngest was having a melt down by the time we made it to the end of the boardwalk but we could still see the beaver lodges from the boardwalk trail. The park is doing some restorative work towards the backside of the beaver area until about December so you might not see the beavers out while they are working with the heavy machinery. In addition to the boardwalk trail that doesn’t allow jogging, biking or dogs there are additional trails that meet up with the boardwalk trail on both ends that allow all three of these activities. The Observation Tower looked really neat and we are going to go back to the park to get some great shots of the beaver lodges and the overlook of the park. **In one of the pictures below see if you can find the snapping turtle hiding amongst the water lilies.

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The parks trails beside the boardwalk trail is crushed gravel and pretty flat so bikes, strollers,  and wagons would do okay on the trails. We had a great time at the park and are definitely headed back when the temperatures cool a bit. Even if you don’t live in the area I would recommend checking out this great natural park!!

Mount Vernon Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Mount Vernon Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Mount Vernon Manor Park is a neighborhood park located amongst the Mount Vernon Manor subdivision. The park includes nice tennis courts, basketball court and baseball field. The 13-acre has some paved & pressed gravel walking trails around the park in addition to a small picnic area in complete shade. To check for picnic area reservations and more information head over to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/picnics/

Address: Oak Leaf Drive., Alexandria, VA 22307

or 8800 McNair Drive, Alexandria, VA 22307 (Runs parallel to Oak Leaf, head all the way to the end of cul-de-sac)

*****Beware the Fairfax COUNTY site gives the wrong address! You can turn on Oak Leaf Drive and drive all the way to the end of cul-de-sac. Tennis courts will be the first thing you see with the playground located in the middle of park****

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The playground area is in the middle of the park but can be reached by paved trails. The park has one large piece of play equipment, ride on toy and both types of swings. The park has some shade with plenty of large trees surrounding the it for the kids to get out of the sun. Portable restrooms are available by the baseball field.

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The Mount Vernon Manor Park is nice neighborhood park in Alexandria. If you live in the Mount Vernon area near Fort Belvoir you should check it out.

Grist Mill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Grist Mill Park in Alexandria, VA!

On our latest park hopping trip our first stop was Grist Mill Park in Alexandria, VA. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a large park on the east side Route 1. The big red Barn and Silo is easily visible from the road and parking lot. Around the barn are community garden plots and a off leash dog park. The 75-acre park also has baseball fields, soccer fields and basketball courts.

Address: 4710 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309

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In addition to the sports facilities, the park has a large playground area equipped with large and small pieces of play equipment. All was in great shape and many different activities for all skill level. There was no shade over the equipment but there were several trees around the play area the kids could get under out of the sun. Sadly there are no swings at this park but there are restrooms in the form of porta potties near the parking lot. If you’re into walking, hiking and or biking there are a few crushed stone paths around sports fields and a few hiking trails along the tree line towards the back and along the edges of the park.

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The proximity to Fort Belvoir makes it a nice retreat from the base for military families. If you live near the Fort Belvoir area of Alexandria you should check out Grist Mill Park!

Lee District Park & RECenter in Alexandria, VA!

Lee District Park & RECenter in Alexandria, VA!

Today we headed back to a great park in Franconia, VA, Lee District Park & RECenter. I haven’t been back to the park since they completed the new play area, Chessie’s Big Backyard located by the Our Special Harbor Sprayground. Lee District Park is a 137-acre park complete with RECenter, large playground located by the RECenter, amphitheater, sand volleyball courts, tennis, basketball courts, baseball, soccer fields, and walking/hiking trails. The Family Recreation Area includes the sprayground, fully accessible playground, and treehouse. To check for reservations of shelter and picnic areas click here to find more information, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/picnics/lee.htm

Address:  6601 Telegraph Rd., FRANCONIA, VA 22310

The Family Recreation Area has the sprayground which is open from May to September and FREE! The great part is they only allow a certain amount of people in at one time so it doesn’t get overcrowded. Right next door to the sprayground is Chessie’s Big Backyard. The play area is fully accessible to all children with padded rubber flooring and ramps wide enough for wheelchair access. Chessie’s Big Backyard does have lots of shade around it and the best part is the indoor restrooms located right next to the play area. We normally eat our lunch in the treehouse but it has no benches or tables. Just outside the entrance to the treehouse are a few circular benches and on the otherside of the play area is a large pavilion. Plenty of shade to eat a snack or pack a lunch. The only downside to the Chessie’s play area is if you have multiple children to watch it can be tough to see all sides of the play area and you constantly have to walk around to make sure you can get a peek of them.

For pictures of the treehouse, check out this article.

The other playground is located right next to the RECenter. The playground normally has a cover over the equipment but has been taken off for the winter and repair. We weren’t able to hit this playground for very long before we had to head out. There are many different pieces of play equipment for all ages. You can park near the RECenter or near the sand volleyball courts. Restrooms are located inside the RECenter.

We didn’t get a chance to hit the trails this time but next time we are over there we’ll head out. The boys and I had a great time at the park.  This park is one of my favorites!

Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, VA!

Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, VA!

Four Mile Run Park in the City of Alexandria is a large park and has a few different entrances depending on what activity you plan on doing at the park. The park includes picnic areas, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, paved walking/biking trails, fishing, and playground. The park gets it’s name from the Four Mile Run Trail that is 7 miles long and runs from Falls Church to Mount Vernon. The Four Mile Run Park has it’s own paved trail that runs through the park and eventually meets up with the Mt. Vernon Trail. For picnic area reservations you can find more info here, https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=45756

Playground Address: 4131 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA

Softball/Baseball Fields Address: 3700 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA  

 Of course when we were at the park we were more interested in the playground. The playground has one piece of play equipment and both types swings. Restrooms are porta potties by the soccer fields (closest to the play equipment) and also indoor restrooms by the baseball fields. There isn’t much shade over the equipment but there are a few trees around the equipment for the kids to get out of the sun.

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Unless you were looking for the playground at Four Mile Run Park you would never know this park had play equipment. To access the play equipment it’s easier to park at the Mt. Vernon Avenue entrance and take the path to the park. If you live in this area of City of Alexandria check out Four Mile Run Park!