Rutherford Park located in Fairfax has so much to offer and is fun for all ages. In addition to the large piece of playground equipment, there are also plenty of athletic fields including tennis and basketball courts. There is a nice picnic and grilling area and nice walking trail, which is part of the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail.
When you first enter the park there is a port-a-potty. The playground, itself, is a large piece of equipment, including three slides, a climbing wall and monkey bars. Rutherford Park has a tire swing, including two infant swings and two regular swings, as well as a few riding animals. Woodchips are underneath all the equipment. There are plenty of athletic fields, including basketball and tennis courts and there is a nice picnic and grilling area.
If you are located in Fairfax County or are just looking for a fun, free day out, check out this park!
A BIG Thank you to our Guest Reviewer, Allie Higgins, for reviewing Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax!
Allie Higgins is a mom of two young energetic boys who love to run and play. Together, they enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and going to the many parks in the area. Allie has been in the DC/NOVA area for over 10 years; she is writer/researcher and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University.
Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax was, until recently, only soccer fields and walking trails; however, the city has now added a playground that is a fun addition to the park.
The playground area is set up on part mulch and part rubber surfaces and includes swings and the main play structures even have shade canopies for the equipment. If your children like to get dizzy, there are several spinning pieces and if they prefer to climb, there are climbing walls as well. Slides and monkey bars make this playground complete. There are numerous park benches and two porta-potties adjacent to the playground.
The soccer field is synthetic turf with goals and bleachers along the fields. Additionally, there is a paved run/walk/bike trail that encircles the park. I especially liked that you can see the entire trail from the playground. While my younger son was swinging, I could still watch my older son ride his bike around the loop. Similarly, if you are at the park to watch a soccer match, you can see the all of the fields from the playground, so that makes it fun for all! This is a great park to check out if you are in the Fairfax area.
(At the intersection of Ranger Road and Shiloh Street)
Shiloh Street Park is a smaller neighborhood park that is fenced in, has a bench with trash, a metal jungle gym and a riding Bald Eagle. This park was nicely shaded as we went on quite a hot day. There is also a neighborhood trail that is accessible at the park.
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by this park and check out Cambridge Station park in the neighborhood as well.
Villa Lee Park is located in Fairfax, VA. You can access this park off of Hunter Road and take a path, over the bridge to the park or by turning into the Villa Lee townhouse development off of Espana Court and it is right in the cul-da-sac.
As mentioned before, Villa Lee park is located off of Hunter Road. There is only street parking, the road is a little narrow, but you can access the park by taking the walking path through the woods, over the bridge to Villa Street Park. We ended up parking in the cul-da-sac off of Empana Court in the Villa Lee townhouse development. The park is located right there. The park has a small playground with climbing equipment, slide a see-saw, as well as a swing and an infant swing. There is also a little picnic area where you can enjoy the nicely shaded park.
If you live in the Villa Lee development or are near by, this is a small, yet nicely shaded park to visit in the forest.
(At the intersection of Ranger Road and Cambridge Road).
There are a few parks off of Ranger Road and we came across this neighborhood park at the intersection of Ranger Road and Cambridge Road. This park is semi-gated in and has a car wash section and hook up for the residents in Cambridge Station. The park also has a small playground area, swings, basketball court and a picnic area. The tot lot has three small slides, there are three infant swings nearby as well.
This park is for Cambridge Station residents, so if you live in Cambridge Station check out this quiet little park in your neighborhood, and enjoy washing your car (when it’s warm out).
Thaiss Memorial Park is a 10-acre park in the City of Fairfax. The park includes Little League fields, picnic pavilion, and play equipment. The park is also a point where you can enter the Accotink Stream Valley Trail that is part of the larger Cross County Trail.
Thaiss Memorial Park is mostly a sports park but it does have one piece of play equipment in good shape for the older crowd. A Porta Potty (May-Oct) is available during non sporting times and indoor restrooms are available when Little League games are going on. There is a picnic pavilion to get out of the shade. Check out this City of Fairfax Park!
South Railroad Street Park is a small, yet nice neighborhood park located in Dunn Loring, Va. This Fairfax park has a nice sized play area, walking trail and picnic tables.
The playground has a large piece of play equipment, including a climbing wall, a few slides and monkey bars. This park is settled back on a short walking trail, away from the road, with plenty of shade and picnic tables. Please note, there are not restrooms at this park; however it is a very nice quiet park to go to if you are near the Dunn Loring area.
Westmore Park in the City of Fairfax is a nice neighborhood park with basketball courts, picnic pavilion with grill and playground area. The small park sits in the Westmore neighborhood of the City of Fairfax.
The playground area has a large piece of play equipment, a few older metal play equipment pieces, a few ride on horses, and both types of swings. The larger piece of play equipment doesn’t have any shade over it but there is plenty of shade through out this neighborhood park. There are no restrooms at this park but a picnic pavilion complete with a charcoal grill is available.
Westmore Park is really great neighborhood park. Even though it isn’t fenced-in the streets surrounding the park are not never busy. If you live in the City of Fairfax check out Westmore Park.
The Green Acres Center in the City of Fairfax has uses for all ages. It offers senior citizens daily activities and entertainment. Rooms are also available to rent for meetings and other events with a cafeteria, dance studio, multipurpose room, toddler play room and gymnasium. Main Street Child Development Center is also part of the Green Acres Center. This non-profit organization offers affordable daycare to working families who have limited income in the Fairfax area.
The surrounding areas of the Green Acres Center includes a very large fenced-in playground, basketball courts, little league field, and soccer field. Portable restrooms were located by the little league field but you can also go inside the center and use the indoor restrooms. The fenced-in tot lot had several large pieces of play equipment, tons of swings but only one toddler swing, and what use to be a sand box which had mostly mulch in it but it was covered from the sun. There is no shade around the playground area so on hot days it’s pretty unbearable.
The boys had a great time at the park. The weather wasn’t too hot and they got to play on all the equipment before the daycare kids came out. The public is absolutely allowed in the park from dawn to dusk so if you live in the City of Fairfax near George Mason University check out the playground area behind the Green Acres Center in the City of Fairfax.
Ratcliffe Park in the City of Fairfax has lots of grass for the kids to run around and several pieces of play equipment for the kids to climb on. The park also includes picnic pavilion, multi-purpose field, baseball field, and basketballs courts.
The playground area has two large pieces of play equipment, one for the older crowd and one for the preschool crowd. Both types of swings are available along with a sandbox filled with donated sand toys. The sand box was fun for the boys and I was able to sit on the edge to help out if needed. The picnic pavilion is located right next to the play area and large tree sits over the school-aged play equipment for shade. There are no restrooms at the park but public restrooms are just a short ride away. Parking is available along the street with plenty of pull off space to get out of the road.
The kiddos had a great time at the park. They both were able to play at their own skill level and I was able to watch both kids easily. If you live in the Maple Hill neighborhood or surrounding communities swing on by this great park in the City of Fairfax.