John Byers Park in Alexandria, VA!

John Byers Park in Alexandria, VA!

Williamsburg Manor Park recently renamed John Byers Park in Alexandria is a small natural park with Little Hunting Creek running through it. The playground equipment and basketball court are located towards Collingwood Road. The 25 acre park has a few hiking trails near the creek.

2213 Collingwood Rd., Alexandria, VA 22308

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The playground is located just off the Collingwood Rd. There is no parking lot and I was forced to park along the shoulder to get to the playground. The equipment is in decent shape but the unlit basketball court is sad shape and is need of a new net and paving. A hiking trail entrance is located along the tree line. We saw several people walking their dogs down the trail.

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A small park but a nice spot to stop and have the kids blow off some steam. There is plenty of grass in between the road and the play equipment if you have a runner….:)

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.

Bren Mar Park in Alexandria!

Bren Mar Park is a 26-acre park in Alexandria, VA. The park has a large piece of play equipment, unscheduled baseball diamond, small picnic pavilion and a natural trail system. The master plan of the park has changed and as of 2011 the baseball diamond is going to be changed into a dog park. The funds are not yet available for the change but once funds are allocated the change will be made.

6324 Edsall Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312

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The park offers an older large piece of play equipment and few ride on pieces. There is some shade around the equipment but no restrooms at this park. The picnic pavilion is small and little weathered but does give some shade. We did hit the small amount of trails and the kids had a good time on the natural surface. Strollers could make it but it would a bumpy ride. Once the dog park finally gets installed, the trails would be a perfect spot to jog/walk with a dog.

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Bren Mar is definitely an older park and needs a little bit more mulch and some TLC. The kids still had a great time on the equipment and heading out on the trails. If you live in the Edsall area of Alexandria this little park would be a place to stop and play.

 

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.

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!