Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Park is nice park in Alexandria!  The park includes a playground, swings, walking trails, a community garden plot, a small dog area, picnic pavilion and a variety of different playing fields.

Address:  3210 King Street, Alexandria, VA 

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This park is located across the parking lot from T.C. Williams High School and is especially known for their aquatic center and recreation park.  Outside of the recreation facility is a nice community garden plot center and a shaded dog park.  The community garden plot was fenced in and was well marked.  The shaded dog park is located right below the playground and pavilion area.  While we were there, there were about 12 dogs playing around in the shade.  Although it is narrow, it is a long patch of flat, grassy area for the dogs to play and relax.  Please note the dog park is not fenced in.

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The playground equipment includes two slides, monkey bars and a climbing rope.  There are four swings total (two infant and two regular).  As for different playing fields, there is a volleyball court, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball and soccer fields.   The pavilion is in between the playground and basketball court.  There are also two grills right near the pavilion. Directly behind the pavilion is the part of the park that is for dogs to play and relax.  It is very shaded.  There are walking trails all around the park up to the Aquatic center.

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 If you are in the Alexandria area, or are members of the Chinquapin Aquatic center, be sure to take a walk around the building to this park!

Mason Avenue Park, Alexandria, VA!

Mason Avenue Park, Alexandria, VA!

Mason Avenue Park is a small neighborhood park right off of Mason Avenue that has been adopted by the Del Ray Citizens Association.   This park is accessible from Mason Avenue or Monroe Avenue.  In between an apartment complex and a row of houses, this park is surrounded by a bunch of trees and has parking along the streets.

Address: 10 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

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This park includes a large piece of playground equipment, a see-saw, swings (two infant, two regular) and sitting area.  The playground equipment has a climbing wall, three slides and monkey bars.   There are no restrooms or walking trails at this small neighborhood park.  There are no fences around the park, so be aware this park is between Mason and Monroe Avenue, which can be two busy roads.

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If you live near Mason or Monroe Avenue, this is a nice shaded park with lots of seating.

Potomac Yard Park in Alexandria, VA!

Potomac Yard Park in Alexandria, VA!

This past week we utilized the warm weather and explored through a few parks in Alexandria.  We accidentally came across this park…and were very pleased we did!!  Potomac Yard Park is an excellent,  recently developed park on over 20+acres in the currently developing Potomac Yard neighborhood.

Address: 2501 Potomac Avenue, Alexandria, VA 

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Potomac Yard park has it all and the playground reminded me of the very popular, Clemyjontri Park.  Although all the parking is on the street, there was ample parking spots and free parking.  The park is set up a little different than a typical park and goes down a straight path for quite a while.  Behind the park are railroad tracks and during our visit 13, yes THIRTEEN trains went by.  My boys LOVED watching the “choo choo’s”.   At the beginning of the park, you will find tennis courts, basketball courts and a sitting area to watch the trains and read a little history.  As you walk down the path, you will come across two, gated in playgrounds.  One is for 5 and older and the other one is for 5 and under.  In between each playground is an interactive fountain area with picnic tables and benches.  The playgrounds were different and a lot of fun!  The 5 and under playground had a train themed maze, a large piece of equipment for the kids to run around on.  Included in the gated area were kid style hammocks and swings.  The 5+ gated in playground has another piece of equipment for the kids to run around on.  In addition there is a balance beam, zip line, spinning chairs, hammocks, swings and a climbing wall.  Unfortunately there are no restrooms, as of right now at this park; however this is the Potomac Yard Center just. 4 miles away.

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This park is a definite must see! After our visit at this park we just hopped into the park and drove to the marina at Old Town as it was only 2 miles down the road.  Pack a picnic lunch and have

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.

Huntington Park in Alexandria, Va

Huntington Park in Alexandria, Va

This park is located  in the middle of the Huntington neighborhood, not too far from the Huntington metro, located in Alexandria.  This park is located in a cul-da-sac and has plenty of parking.

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 The tot lot is set back into the park, along the walking trail.  There are two slides, a tunneled and a wraparound.  Next to the tot lot is a set of two toddler swings.  In addition to all the amenities, this park has benches, trash cans and a grill.  There is not much shade over the equipment, but the park as a whole as lots of trees that give off lots of shade.

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This is a nice neighborhood park to let the kids burn some energy.  So if you are in the Huntington neighborhood or close to the area, check this park out!

Windmill Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Windmill Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Windmill Hill Park in the City of Alexandria sits just off the Potomac River in the Olde Town portion of Alexandria. As the kids play on the playground they can see the water. The playground area is fenced-in from the street and grassy area. Parking is along the street and there is plenty of it.

Address: 501 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Windmill Hill Park has the traditional play equipment with both types of swings. It also has a sandbox with lots of donated toys and a small slide for the toddlers. One unique feature is the rope climb in the middle of the park. The ropes are situated over a cushioned base and the kids can climb up and down.

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The kids really loved this park. After we got done playing at the park we walked across the street and checked out the water. Along the walkway is a private dock where the kids could see the boats and also the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the distance. If you live near Olde Town Alexandria you should check out Windmill Hill Park!

Woodlawn Neighborhood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Woodlawn Neighborhood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Our next stop when we were in Alexandria was Woodlawn Neighborhood Park. This small neighborhood park is tucked back behind a newer development off of Route 1. The 11-acre Fairfax County park includes a shaded playground area with swings, picnic tables, basketball and tennis courts. There are a small amount of paved and hiking trails in the park.

Address: 4800 Manor Dr., Alexandria, VA 22309

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 The playground area has a small tot lot with one piece of equipment and both types of swings. There is a ton of shade over and around the equipment. Sadly there are no restrooms at this park but you’re not that far from Route 1 to find a public restroom.

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This park gets its namesake from the area of Alexandria you’ll find the park in. This use to be my husband’s grandparents neighborhood so it brings back lots of memories for us. If you live near Route 1 and Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House check out this small 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.

Dowden Terrace Park in Alexandria, VA!

Dowden Terrace Park in Alexandria, VA!

Dowden Terrace Park in Alexandria is located in the Dowden Terrace neighborhood. The 8-acre park includes a baseball field, tennis court, basketball court, picnic shelter, tot lot and swings.

Address: 5616 Bradley Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22311

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The park has a small tot lot with regular swings. No restrooms available but the picnic shelter is right next to the tot lot. In addition to the small tot lot the tennis and basketball court are in good shape. The playground area is in almost complete shade.

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This is a cute little neighborhood park with plenty of sport fields and courts to use. If you happen to live near the Dowden Terrace neighborhood you should check out this neighborhood park.

Glasgow Park in Alexandria, VA!

Glasgow Park in Alexandria, VA!

Glasgow Park is located in the Parklawn neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. This 4-acre park includes a tot lot, both types of swings and picnic tables.

Address: 3935 Arcadia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312

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The park has a large playground with both types of swings. There aren’t any restrooms and  not much shade around the playground. But there were plenty of picnic tables. It does have a small fence around the park to the slow the escapees down a little. Parking is located at the street on a curve.

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 This would be awesome if it had a little shade around the park but the upside is the different types of play equipment it offers. The boys have a blast trying to climb metal chain ladder. If you live in the Parklawn neighborhood or in the Alexandria area you should check out Glasgow Park!