A couple weeks ago we headed out to the City of Manassas to visit a few parks. Our first stop was Stonewall Park. The park offers a large playground and small playground. There is also a cover picnic pavilion and grills that can be reserved. The Stonewall Park Pool is open on Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend. Fees for the pool can be found HERE. Lighted Tennis Courts, Basketball court, Football/Soccer Field and 0.9 fitness trail is also part of this park. Best part is the indoor restrooms that are available from May-October.
The parks larger playground is located near the entrance by the picnic pavilion. It has two pieces of equipment with lots of different elements. Both types of swings and a climbing wall. Plenty of shade over this park and when we were there the leaves hadn’t come in yet.
The smaller playground by the pool and athletic field has a small piece of equipment, ride on equipment, both types of swings and an interesting climbing structure. The kids had a fun time at this park. It was clean and the equipment was in great shape. If you live in the City of Manassas and are looking for a nice park this one is for you.
City of Manassas sometimes get a bad rap but when it comes to their parks they go all out. The other day we were out in Manassas and visited Byrd Park. Byrd Park has large and small play areas with swings for all ages. There are also 2 softball fields and full court basketball courts. The neatest part of the park is the fenced in roller hockey area. One side of the court has many different colored basketball hoops for all different ages and heights to play. Restrooms are indoor and are open seasonally, May-October.
The playground area offers two different sizes of equipment for the younger and older crowds all in great shape. Both types of swings are available but in different parts of the park. You can see each playground clearly but if you had a younger child and an older child who wanted to play on the other equipment it would be good distance from each other. In the older kids area there is a great sea serpent for them to climb on and other motor developmental type climbing equipment.
The park also has a small picnic pavilion with grills that you can reserve by calling the City of Manassas. The Roller Hockey Area is fenced in and also has one section dedicated to what they call bankshot basketball. My boys just happen to bring a soccer ball so they shot around and played with the fun size basketball hoops.
The boys had a great time at this park and asked to go back to play basketball! If you live in the City of Manassas or you just want to find a nice park in the Manassas area, check out Byrd Park!
Last week we had the pleasure of going to two Prince William County Waterparks. Our second stop of the day was Ben Lomond Park and Splash Down Waterpark. Splash Down Waterpark has an admission fee. Click on the link above to see current rates. Before we hit up the waterpark the kids wanted to try out the playground area to see what it was like in Ben Lomond Park.
Ben Lomond Park has a small playground, public restrooms, picnic pavilion, tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, soccer/football and baseball fields. The playground area doesn’t have any shade over it but there a few trees to stand under. The play area includes a small piece of play equipment and both types of swings. Restrooms are available in the form of portable restrooms and indoor restrooms by the soccer field. The indoor restrooms aren’t always open but the portable restrooms are there all the time (except maybe in the cold winter months).
We had never been to Splash Down Waterpark before so I was really surprised. When I spoke with the manager he told me everything that the park has including 2-4-story waterslides, 2-2-story slides, 2-toddler slides, bubblers and fountains, 2-Fast Cannon Water slides, activity pool, lily pad and log walk, and beach area with sand. In Mom words, great play area with small slides and fountains for small walkers and plenty of life vests for all ages. For the larger slides you need to be 48″ tall to ride but I noticed they let my 45″ son ride with a vest on because he passed the swim test. There are plenty of chairs for everyone. Shade is limited but in the kiddie slide and fountain area they have two large umbrellas in the water to stand under. Public restrooms were clean and fully stocked when we were there. No food or outside drinks are allowed in the park so you can either eat at the park or get a stamp and bring a picnic lunch. There are plenty of picnic tables in the surrounding park.
(***I didn’t take a lot of pictures due to the volume of people in the park and from chasing my kiddos around the entire time***)
We had a great time at the park. I observed the lifeguards following all procedures and paying attention unlike the lifeguards at my community pool. I would think that during the weekend this place is very busy. They do have a cut off point to avoid overcrowding so be aware. Prices are pretty reasonable for admission as compared to major waterpark attractions at other facilities. Even though we don’t live close by we will definitely be returning during the week to hit up the large slides since my oldest is now obsessed with water slides!
***PICNIC PAVILIONS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION***
The other weekend we were in the City of Manassas Park so we decided to stop by a park for the boys to check out. Costello Park has 2 softball fields, 5 baseball fields, a miracle field, dog park, picnic pavilions, and small tot lot. A miracle field is a field where special needs individuals can play baseball. The Manassas Park Community Center is also available to the residents of Manassas Park and located in Costello Park.
The playground area of the park is located across from the Manassas Park Community Center along side a large picnic pavilion. The play area has some shade and restrooms are located inside the Community Center. There is one small piece of play equipment and both types of swings. The picnic pavilion is available for rental, click here for more information.
This park is nice area to take the kiddos if you live in Manassas Park. The Manassas Park Community Center has an indoor pool, meeting areas, classes, indoor basketball courts, and fitness center. Also in an emergency situation the Community Center acts as an emergency facility for Manassas Park residents with generator back up in case of power outages.
The park is very large including two baseball fields, a tennis court, walking trails, pond and playground. The paved walking trail, Winter’s Branch Trail is 0.9 miles and when you’re finished you can head over to the pond behind the Boys & Girls Club Building. Indoor Restrooms are located next door to the Boys & Girls Club and Baseball fields. The large playground is closed to the public from 8:30-3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The playground is attached to the Jennie Dean Elementary School and for safety reasons is not open to the public during school hours. The playground has four different pieces of large and small play equipment and two different sets of swings with toddler and regular swings. Plus a fun rock wall for the kids to climb. The equipment doesn’t have any shade over it but there are several benches sitting under some trees.
This park has lots of green space for the kids to run around and burn off all that energy. Next time we are in the City of Manassas we’re going to have to swing by and check out the pond and the trails.
The weather was great today so the kids and I ventured out to Prince William County and did a park crawl. First up on our list was Fairmont Park in Manassas, VA. This Prince William County park is located off of Fairmont Avenue in a neighborhood of single family homes.
The park has one piece of the equipment, a set of toddler swings and a tire swing for the older kids. The equipment doesn’t have much shade over it but there is a grove of trees for the kids to get out of the heat. One of the big slides was out of commission but the rest of the equipment was in good shape. There are restrooms at the park but since it’s still February the indoor restrooms were winterized.
This is a cute neighborhood park and if you live in the area you should it check it out!
A few weeks ago we checked out Joseph D. Reading Park in Manassas, VA. This cute little Prince William County park is close to Route 28 near Kline’s Freeze on Maplewood Drive. If you weren’t looking it for it you would never know it was there.
The park is tucked back away from Maplewood Drive. It has several walking paths, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic pavilions. More importantly there are two little playgrounds with permanent restrooms near by. The equipment was in good shape with lots of shade around the equipment. The one turn off was that the slides were aluminum and were kind of hot when we went to check them out.
This park was very cute and very well maintained. In you live in Manassas you should check it out!
The park didn’t have any shade over the play equipment and the equipment is made of metal so in the summer months it’s probably going to get pretty hot. There were two swings but no toddler swings. A small picnic pavilion is located nearby the playground and offers shade and a nice place to eat a snack. The park also has a basketball and tennis court. When we were there they had a porta potty that was set up in the shade.
Ellis L. Barron is a cute neighborhood park so if you live nearby you should check it out!
A few days ago we checked out Signal Hill Park in the City of Manassas Park located in Prince William County. This 110-acre park includes a water park, playground, multipurpose field, basketball courts, softball field, picnic pavilion, picnic area and grills, walking paths and a fishing pond. The Signal Bay Water Park includes a zero entry pool and lazy river.
The playground doesn’t have any shade but on a nice day the equipment is decent and there is a swing set. There is two shaded picnic tables near the playground with restrooms. If the kids get tired of the playground you can walk along the trails to the pond to check out the ducks and geese. If you’re into geo-caching this park has plenty for you to track down.
This park has a lot to offer for sport enthusiasts and the kids!
Last week we tested out a new park in Prince William County, George Hellwig Memorial Park. Located in Manassas it is located near the Independent Hill community off of Bristow Road. The area offers a few newer communities with homes on large lots and many older homes on acreage. In the same section of the park is the Park Authority Headquarters and the small Independent Hill Library.
The park has a lot to offer with soccer fields, baseball fields, walking trails, shaded playground, restrooms, tennis and basketball courts. Several shaded pavilions are available for rental or just to sit down have a nice picnic. The playground equipment is new and offers plenty for the children to play on. A small musical section always the kids to the play the drums and other musical instruments. The tot lot does offer shade in the form of large umbrellas and a few trees.
We have gone to this park a lot since my in laws live near by and the kids always have a great time!