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
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.
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.
The 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!