Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA!

Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA!

Thinking of Spring yet?  We are! Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA is such a fun park to visit! This park recently had a new makeover in 2014 (phase 1) and has something for everyone to enjoy!  Part of Phase 2 is renovation of the restrooms, so there currently are not any restrooms at this park.  This park is located in the Clarendon area of Arlington.  Included at this park are basketball courts, covered pavilion, climbing wall, modern style playground equipment, rope pyramid, sand area, swings, a large tube slide and so much more!

 Address: 1109 N Barton St, Arlington, VA 22201

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There is one area of the park geared towards 5-12 year old with lots of climbing equipment and another area for 0-5 year olds.  The middle of the climbing equipment looks like a spider web.  It connects to a larger play structure, which includes ropes to climb, a climbing wall, and a curving tube slide.  This area also includes two rope-like tire swings and an orange piece of circular equipment.  The orange equipment is round shaped and is made for kids to grab a hold of it and spin around in circles.

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The playground geared towards 0-5 year olds is where we spent most of our time! This section was awesome and unlike any other park I have been to before.  There are benches all around for the adults to sit at.  I would say this is more of a modern style play ground.  There was a rubbery hop scotch, sand pit, lots of little cars on springs on the “rubbery road”, as well as a little cute market set up to be on the side of the “rubber road”.

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Also included at the 0-5 year old playground is a smaller playground structure as well as 4 infant swings.  My little ones couldn’t get over all the choices of equipment to play on.  Of course it was one of the nicer days, so it was pretty crowded.

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In addition to all the exciting playgrounds, Rocky Run Park also has a pavilion, a cemented area leading to the lower part of this park, which includes two basketball courts and a lighted turf field.  Although we didn’t bring any, I saw a bunch of kids riding their bikes down the sidewalk to the fields.

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This, in my opinion, is a must visit park.  If you don’t live in Arlington, pack a picnic lunch and check this park out! You won’t be disappointed!

Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park located in the Penrose neighborhood in Arlington, VA.  This park is an older aged child’s dream, but by the end of 2015 phase 2 will be completed with a tot lot.

Address: 101 S Barton St, Arlington, VA 22204

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This two-acre park is in the midst of a renovation and have made it through phase one.  Phase two will be completed by the end of 2015.  A smaller version of the “climbing Eiffel tower” is the big highlight of this park.  Although my kids are younger, this rope climbing tower is more for the 6-12 year old crowd.  Also included at this park are swings and a swinging pole.  There is a small paved path, great for the kiddos to ride bikes or walk to the basketball court.  Located by the basketball court is a water fountain.

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There is a Picnic Pavilion that can be rented, by clicking here.  There are also more picnic tables and a few charcoal grills near the basketball court.

If you are located in Arlington or are looking for a fun park to check out.  Make sure to add this one to your list to visit.  We look forward to re-visiting once the tot lot is added.

Dawson Terrace and Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Dawson Terrace and Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Last week we spent some time visiting some parks in Arlington, VA! Arlington parks do such a great job with their parks.

Address: 2133 N. Taft Street, Arlington, VA

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Dawson Terrace Community Center is located off of Taft Road.  This park has street parking as well as a parking lot.  Included in this park is a large open field, basketball court, volleyball court, playground with two tot lots and swings, walking/hiking trail as well as the community center.  There is a historic landmark, The Dawson-Bailey House here as well, which is where the name Dawson came from.

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Our boys had a lot of fun at this park, it was also nice because although it was not fully fenced in, there was a fence facing the woods and parking lot to help the kids safe.  There are two different playgrounds, one is a larger piece of equipment with two wrap around slides and the other one is geared more for the younger ones and is much smaller.  This piece of equipment has a slide and climbing equipment, but is surrounded by sand.  So we took out some sand toys and the boys had a blast! There is also a piece of climbing equipment for the older kids.  Swings, there are six total; 4 regular swings and 2 infant swings.   Directly behind the “play area” is where you can enter the Palisades Trail.  Beautiful trail, especially in the Fall.

collage2The Dawson-Baily House, a beautiful stone house, is expected to be the oldest building in Arlington, patented in 1696.  From the back of the house, is a large open field that is used for soccer.  During our time at the park there were five different dogs playing and running around.  There is also a basketball court at the community center.  Right next to the house is the community center where they host events daily.

If you are in Arlington and haven’t had a chance to visit Dawson Terrace Community Center, check it out!

Bailey’s Branch in Arlington, VA!

Bailey’s Branch in Arlington, VA!

Bailey’s Branch Park in Arlington, VA is a small park neighborhood park that has close to 2-acres of open space surrounded by a split rail fence with a small playground area.

Address: 990 S Columbus St., ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area has one piece of school-age play equipment and one preschool-age equipment. Both types of swings are available and plenty of shade around the play equipment. There are no restrooms available but you are not too far from public restrooms.

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Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA is a very nice park in Arlington County. The park includes a playground, indoor restrooms, full basketball court, multi-purpose field, brand two (2) picnic pavilion, charcoal grills, small nature trails and fire ring.

Address: 1200 N George Mason Dr., ArlingtonVA 22205

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The fenced-in park has parking available along the street and is situated at the corner of George Mason Drive and Washington Blvd. The streets are pretty busy so be careful when pulling out into traffic. If you live in the neighborhood there are plenty of sidewalks and crosswalks for you to navigate. The playground area includes a small sandbox area for the little ones, a large piece of play equipment for the big kids, and toddler swings. There is also lots of shade over the playground so it was the perfect spot for a hot day. This would also be the perfect park for the kids to bring their ride on toys or bikes with the paved trails around the playground area. There a small fun hoop and concrete area for the littler crowd to play basketball on as well. The indoor bathrooms and water fountain are situated right next to the playground so you don’t have far to go for the potty training crowd.

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***Sorry no pics of the toddler sand box, too many little ones…:)

The other part of the park that we explored was the more natural part of the park. We walked up the paved trail to the brand picnic pavilion and found the fire ring area. I have no idea who has the authority to use the fire ring but I do know that the picnic pavilions which there are two of them can be rented. One pavilion can accommodate 50 people and the other 200 people. Click the link at the bottom page for more information on rental picnic pavilions in Arlington County. With the large natural space there a few small trails for the kids to walk in and out of the trees. If want the little ones to learn to take small nature walks this would be a prime spot to take them out in.

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We really enjoyed this park and we hope you enjoyed our review of Lacey Woods Park in Arlington, VA!

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Fort Barnard Park in Arlington, VA!

Fort Barnard Park in Arlington, VA!

Fort Barnard Park in Arlington has some great new play equipment. The park also includes a small gazebo with tables, baseball diamond and basketball court. No Restrooms at this park but plenty of shade for the kids to get out of the sun and sit down. Parking is along the street so please be mindful of the residents that live around the park.

Address: 2101 S Pollard St., ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area is mostly the compressed rubber matting which is nice for when the kids take a tumble. The large piece of play equipment has some great large slides and ladders. There are a few small climb on areas where the smaller crowd can climb without getting too high up. A small piece of equipment is also available for the preschool crowd. Toddler swings are available along with a piece of equipment where you can swing on a pod. The best part of the park that my boys loved was the cargo net merry-go-round. The kids can climb on the outside or sit on the inside and spin.

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The new playground equipment is great addition to the already great Arlington Park system. If you live in the area or just looking for a fun park to check out head over to Fort Barnard Park in Arlington!

Carlin Community Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Carlin Community Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Carlin Community Center & Park in Arlington is a very cute Glencarlyn park. The park sits adjacent to the Glencarlyn Branch Library and the library has very cute garden you can walk through. All the plants in the garden are labeled and a gate leads you through to the playground. Or you can reach the park through the front gate by the Carlin Hall building. Parking is available in the lot.

Address: 5711 4th St S ArlingtonVA 22204 

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Carlin Hall was originally built in 1892 as a community center and in 1962 it was transferred over to Arlington County for use as a Rec Center. Today the facility is used during the school as year as a preschool and County summer programs. Any other times the hall can be used by Arlington residents for events, meetings and kids birthday parties. Check availability by clicking here!

The gardens around the library are really neat and the kids had a great time trying to read the labels. There is a nice shady sitting area behind the library including a gazebo. Public restrooms are available inside the library.

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The park area has a nice selection of equipment for the kids to play on including slides, platforms, swings and a fun train shaped piece of equipment. All the equipment was in great shape and for all ages.

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If you live in the Glencarlyn neighborhood or just want to find a new park in Arlington, check out Carlin Hall Community Center and Park!

Henry Clay Park in Arlington, VA!

Henry Clay Park in Arlington, VA!

Henry Clay Park in Arlington, VA is a fun little park that has a little bit of everything. Like most Arlington parks, in addition to the play equipment people have donated ride on toys and small houses for the kids to play with. Having the small plastic houses for the younger kids to play on is great. There are plenty of benches in the park and a small gazebo with picnic tables.

Address: 3011 7th St N, ArlingtonVA 22201 

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The park has several pieces of play equipment for all ages in addition to the donated toys. All the equipment was in great shape when we were there. There isn’t any shade over the equipment but there was plenty of shade around the equipment with benches to to take a break on. Only toddler swings are available in a large sandbox area where the preschool age equipment is located. In the sandbox area there were tons of donated buckets and shovels for the kids to play with. There is a large grassy area for the kids to run around on and nice basketball court. Some of the donated toys are small bikes or tricycles and with the small paths that wind across the park to basketball court it’s perfect for them to ride. Sadly no restrooms are available at this park.

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Very cute neighborhood park in Arlington with lots to do for all ages. If you are in the area or live nearby check out Henry Clay Park in Arlington, VA!

Lyon Village Park in Arlington, VA!

Lyon Village Park in Arlington, VA!

rlington Parks in general are pretty darn awesome. The equipment is normally is great condition with different features you don’t normally find at every park. In the case of Lyon Village Park there is a sprayground available during different times of the day throughout the summer months plus two large pieces of play equipment. A sandbox area is located by the picnic pavilion. Best part is the entire park is fenced in with a great ornate gate that stays closed so the little runners can’t get away. One thing you should note is parking along the street has a two-hour limit!

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Address: 1800 N Highland St. ArlingtonVA 22201

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The boys had a great time at the park even though we came too early for the sprayground area. There are no restrooms at the park but plenty of shade for the kids to get out of the sun. There are two different pieces of play equipment that both have some neat climbing areas and small hammocks for the kids to lounge in. My kiddos enjoyed the sandbox and a ride on toy that acted like a small merry-go-round but a lot less dangerous…:) No shortage of swings at the park and for all ages. For the adults there are two (2) lit tennis courts and one (1) basketball court that stay lit until 11 p.m. All are in fabulous condition and were busy when we were at the park.

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The kids and I will definitely be returning to this park. We just loved that one child could play in the sandbox and just hang out while my other high energy child could be on the equipment. There are plenty of spots for parents to have a seat and watch the kids from and in plenty of shade. Of course I was out in the middle of park helping my ball of energy get to the top of the cargo net. If you live in Arlington or you’re just looking for a new adventure to take the kids on, I highly recommend Lyon Village Park in Arlington, VA!

Fort Ethan Allen Park & Madison Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Fort Ethan Allen Park & Madison Community Center in Arlington, VA!

A few weeks ago we headed to Fort Ethan Allen Park in Arlington, VA. Madison Community Center sits right next to the park which is great because you are able to use the indoor restrooms. The park includes two different pieces of play equipment, multi-use field, basketball court, both types of swings, dog park, and asphalt area next to playground with recycled ride on toys for the kids to use. For parking, just park in the lot of the Community Center.

Address: 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22207

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The playground area has two different pieces of play equipment. One set is for the smaller crowd and also sits in a large sandbox filled with recycled dump trucks and shovels. The other piece of equipment is for the larger crowd and sits on mulch. Both types of swings are available in their respective play areas. In between both play areas are a few benches with lots of shade to get out of the sun. The equipment doesn’t have much over it but at least you can walk in the surrounding areas to get out of the sun. The large asphalt area next to the playgrounds is perfect for all the ride on toys that have been donated over the years.

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I’ve said it before but Arlington parks are great. All the recycled toys make it a different experience from ordinary parks. If you live near the Madison Community Center check out Fort Ethan Allen Park in Arlington, VA. Oh and if you have a dog check out the fenced in dog park.