Arrowbrook Centre Park in Herndon, VA!

Arrowbrook Centre Park in Herndon, VA!

Located in Herndon, VA off of Sunrise Valley Drive, Arrowbrook Centre Park is a Fairfax County Park mainly known as for their soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts.  Most recently, they added a fun, gated in jungle gym for the kids to play on and my boys loved it!

Address: 2351 Field Point Road, Herndon, VA

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Although this park is known for all their sport fields, they recently added a gated in jungle gym for all the kids to play on and it was a big hit! It’s a unique piece of equipment and has lots of climbing features, a few little discs you can sit on and bounce.  Since it’s gated, we also noticed people that came and brought bikes and ride on toys for the kids to play with as well.  There is also a tennis court, basketball court and a large soccer field.  Arrowhead Centre Park also had “practice golf green”, where you could practice your putt.  There Picnic Shelter is available to rent as well.  Once you enter there is a huge parking lot and a walkway to all the fields and playground.

If you live near Arrowbrook Centre Park, this is a great park for you to check out!

Southview Community Park in Herndon, VA!

Southview Community Park in Herndon, VA!

Last week we were visiting a friend in Herndon and she recommended we go to Southview Community Park.  It is affiliated to the Southview Community Church, but their vision for this park is to share this park with the whole community in the Northern Virginia area.

2620 Reston Parkway, Herndon, VA

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This park is gated in (that locks), has a large playground with swings (both infant and regular), picnic tables with roof and the playground flooring is made up of recycled rubber. The playground was huge, colorful playground with a climbing wall, tunnel, slides and more! As a mom with two very busy boys, I really enjoyed there was a fence around this playground so I could let the boys explore and know that they were safe.

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Southview had their park grand opening in September 2013.  This park was created because they wanted to provide an even better experience for the community with a safe, fun environment where parents, grandparents and caregivers can come and bring their kids.

If you are in the Herndon area, I highly recommend planning a trip to let your little ones explore and play.

 

Alabama Drive Park in Herndon, VA

Alabama Drive Park in Herndon, VA

Review submitted by NoVA Outdoor’s newest addition, Ashley Wells. Ashley is a mom to two wonderful boys who have plenty of energy and married to a husband who enjoys being outdoors!

Alabama Drive Park is located in Fairfax County in Herndon, VA, right off of Eldon Road.

Address: 1100 Alabama Dr, Herndon, VA 20170

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This 10 acre park has two baseball fields, lighted basketball courts, soccer field,a tot lot and a smaller for tot lot  for little ones. Although there are not any picnic tables, there are several benches to sit back and enjoy your little ones play.  There is a nice sized parking lot, however, there is not very much shade throughout the play areas.   Restrooms and trashcans are located throughout the park as well.

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If you are a Herndon resident and have kids both older and younger, this is a great park to have the older kids practice ball, while the little ones play on the tot lot.

**Please Note:  Restrooms are available May-October**

Chandon Park in Herndon, VA!

Chandon Park in Herndon, VA!

Review submitted by NoVA Outdoor’s newest addition, Ashley Wells. Ashley is a mom to two wonderful boys who have plenty of energy and married to a husband who enjoys being outdoors!

Chandon Park off Herndon Parkway is a nice neighborhood park with tennis courts, a baseball field, dog park and a tot lot.

Address: 900 Palmer Drive, Herndon, VA 20170

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This tot lot is ideal for kids 5-12, but is great for all age groups. Although this park has lots of shade, there was no shade over the playground. In addition to the tot lot, this park has a nice size dog park. There are two fenced in areas. One for bigger dogs (up to 50 dogs) and another for smaller dogs (up to 50 dogs).

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If you live in Herndon and have dogs, I highly recommend checking out this park. There are benches around the dog park, otherwise no other seating or tables are at this park.

 

**Please note: Restrooms are available May-October**

 

Runnymeade Park in Herndon, VA!

Runnymeade Park in Herndon, VA!

Runnymeade Park in Herndon, VA is a 58-acre natural park in the Town of Herndon that follows along the Sugarland Run Stream. The park has hiking trails along the stream, a picnic pavilion and a porta potty. A Boy Scout project has many of the local fauna displayed with the names of the different plants and trees.

Address: 195 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA

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When we were here at the park it was just after the last snowfall. Certain areas along the trail can be mushy after a rain storm so beware. There is a short paved trail before it turns to gravel/dirt trail. If you’re looking for a little nature walk this is perfect local spot to check out.  Click here for the Trail Map.

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When we hit the trails we also did a little geocaching along the way. If you live in the Town of Herndon and enjoy a nature hike check out Runnymeade Park.

Trailside Park in Herndon, VA!

Trailside Park in Herndon, VA!

Today was an awesome day to head out to the park so we headed over to Trailside Park in Herndon, VA. Trailside Park like its counterpart in Ashburn is located along the W&OD Trail and near the Herndon Centennial Golf Course in the Town of Herndon. The park includes picnic shelter, skate park and playground area.

Address: 1022 Crestview Drive, Herndon, VA

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The playground area had plenty of  shade even without the leaves being on the trees yet. There is one piece of school-aged play equipment, a ride on car, and balance beam. There are plenty of picnic benches and tables available in the shade in addition to the picnic shelter. The skate park feature was fun for the boys to play in and when the teenagers arrived they were really excited to watch them skate. I was super impressed with the teenagers that were there. They made a point not to smoke or use foul language around the boys and when the boys asked them to do tricks they were more than happy to accommodate them. Kudos to their parents for raising great kids! In addition to the skate park and playground area there is a sand volleyball court. Restrooms are available in the form of porta potties in the parking lot and when we were there they were pretty clean.

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We had a great time at this park and will be hitting it up again when we’re in the Herndon area. The availability of the W&OD trail right next to the park is pretty awesome if you like to walk to an area park. If you live in the Town of Herndon and are looking for a new park to checkout try Trailside Park.

Franklin Oaks Park in Herndon, VA!

Franklin Oaks Park in Herndon, VA!

A few months ago we checked out a small Fairfax County park tucked back in between homes in the Franklin Oaks Community in Herndon, VA! The park doesn’t have any sign  just a small path in between two beautiful single family homes.

Address: 2961A Franklin Oaks Dr., Herndon, VA 22071

The park doesn’t have much but he does have a really nice basketball court, small piece of equipment for older children and a set of swings. No restrooms at this park but tons of shade over the slide and swings. The county does label the park as having hiking trails throughout the wooded portion of the park. From the basketball court it was hard to determine where any sort of trail started. I did drive around the neighborhood to see if there were any other park entrances but didn’t see any.

The play area is pretty small but it was a nice park for the older children to play basketball, swing and slide!

Harding Park in Herndon, VA!

Harding Park in Herndon, VA!

The weather lately has been great and we’ve been heading out to lots of parks. This week we headed over to Harding Park in the Town of Herndon, VA. This Fairfax County park is small but includes a piece of play equipment and swings.

Address: Jefferson and Van Buren Streets, Herndon, VA

The play equipment was in great condition and the swings had both regular and toddler swings. There isn’t any shade over the equipment but there is a picnic table under a small batch of trees. There are no restrooms at the park but there are few fast food places down the street where you can use public restrooms.

This was a nice park  located on the corner of Van Buren Street and Jefferson Street near Historic  Herndon. A split rail fence seperates the park from the small residential streets around the park. Parking is slim with spots in the townhome parking lot or on the street edge off of Jefferson Street. If you live in the area or find yourself in Herndon swing by and check out Harding Park.

Frying Pan Park & Kidwell Farm in Herndon, VA!

Frying Pan Park & Kidwell Farm in Herndon, VA!

Located in Fairfax County you can find Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA. The park includes Kidwell Farm, Kidwell Farm House, playground, carousel, indoor and outdoor equestrian rings, equestrian trails and Country Store. From May through October the Farmer’s Market arrives every Wednesday with fresh produce and meats from Local Virginia Farms. Frying Pan Park also has their own 4-H club for kids to learn the science and basic care of livestock.

Address: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171

Kidwell Farm has lots of farm animals for the kids to check out including sheep, pigs, cows, draft horses, chickens, goats and rabbits. During the spring time all the baby farm animals are being born and when old enough are on display for everyone to see.

In addition to the animals you can also take a tour of the Kidwell Farm House, Smoke House and old farm equipment.

If the weather is nice you can always pack a lunch because there are plenty of places to sit down and eat lunch either by the farm or by the small playground.
 The small playground includes two different pieces of age appropriate equipment but no swings. There is no shade to get away from the sun but restrooms are located both in the indoor equestrian center and by the playground. For a few dollars you and the kids can purchase tickets for the wagon ride and or the carousel. **More pictures to come of the playground area and carousel***

This Fairfax County Park is a gem! The kids always have a great time and strollers and wagons get around the farm very easily. So no matter the age of the child you should check out Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA!

Bready Park in Herndon, VA!

Bready Park in Herndon, VA!

Today was beautiful so we headed out to a new park, Bready Park in Herndon, VA. Bready Park is located right next to the Herndon Community Center and across the way from the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

****Thank you to Carrie for heading over and seeing the new equipment!*****
“My name is Carrie Hanna. I live in Sterling. I have two girls ages 5 and 3. I’m a local photographer and volunteer my time with a local youth group at church.”

Address: 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA

The indoor restrooms are conveniently located right next to the equipment which was a bonus for this potty trainer. A picnic pavilion is also next to the park and can be rented for events. The indoor and outdoor tennis courts sit adjacent to the park. My youngest was in heaven watching the tennis players hit back and forth. In addition to the tennis courts the park also has two baseball fields and a soccer field. The W & OD Trail runs right by the park so if you live in the area you could just hop on the trail to get to the park.

There are two areas, one for the toddler/pre-k age group and then one for the older kids.
For the toddler group they added colorful slides and climbing toys, as well as a sit and spin toy that the kids love. They also added a climbing wall for the younger children to practice on. They added a climbing wall for the older kids and taller slides with lots of toys to spin on. They also added a spider web for climbing. There are the traditional monkey bars and a log roll to stand and run on.

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If you live in the area you should check out this Fairfax County park!