Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Park is nice park in Alexandria!  The park includes a playground, swings, walking trails, a community garden plot, a small dog area, picnic pavilion and a variety of different playing fields.

Address:  3210 King Street, Alexandria, VA 

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This park is located across the parking lot from T.C. Williams High School and is especially known for their aquatic center and recreation park.  Outside of the recreation facility is a nice community garden plot center and a shaded dog park.  The community garden plot was fenced in and was well marked.  The shaded dog park is located right below the playground and pavilion area.  While we were there, there were about 12 dogs playing around in the shade.  Although it is narrow, it is a long patch of flat, grassy area for the dogs to play and relax.  Please note the dog park is not fenced in.

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The playground equipment includes two slides, monkey bars and a climbing rope.  There are four swings total (two infant and two regular).  As for different playing fields, there is a volleyball court, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball and soccer fields.   The pavilion is in between the playground and basketball court.  There are also two grills right near the pavilion. Directly behind the pavilion is the part of the park that is for dogs to play and relax.  It is very shaded.  There are walking trails all around the park up to the Aquatic center.

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 If you are in the Alexandria area, or are members of the Chinquapin Aquatic center, be sure to take a walk around the building to this park!

Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, Alexandria, VA!

Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, Alexandria, VA!

 Last week we spend some time at a few parks in Alexandria and came across this park.  Eugene Simpson Stadium Park has a baseball playing field, concession stands and a mini, gated in dog park.

Address: 426 E. Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22301

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Eugene Simpson Stadium Park is located right off of Monroe Street, across the street from Giant and the YMCA.  There are ball fields, basketball court, bleachers, concession stands and a dog park.  There is a small parking lot as you first enter the park.  The dog park is a nice size to let them run around and have fun.  It was very busy that day and it was cute to watch all the dogs run around.

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If you live nearby and have a dog, this is a park worth trying out.  Or if you have a child playing ball, bring along your dog and enjoy some time at the dog park.

 

 

Mason Avenue Park, Alexandria, VA!

Mason Avenue Park, Alexandria, VA!

Mason Avenue Park is a small neighborhood park right off of Mason Avenue that has been adopted by the Del Ray Citizens Association.   This park is accessible from Mason Avenue or Monroe Avenue.  In between an apartment complex and a row of houses, this park is surrounded by a bunch of trees and has parking along the streets.

Address: 10 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

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This park includes a large piece of playground equipment, a see-saw, swings (two infant, two regular) and sitting area.  The playground equipment has a climbing wall, three slides and monkey bars.   There are no restrooms or walking trails at this small neighborhood park.  There are no fences around the park, so be aware this park is between Mason and Monroe Avenue, which can be two busy roads.

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If you live near Mason or Monroe Avenue, this is a nice shaded park with lots of seating.

Potomac Yard Park in Alexandria, VA!

Potomac Yard Park in Alexandria, VA!

This past week we utilized the warm weather and explored through a few parks in Alexandria.  We accidentally came across this park…and were very pleased we did!!  Potomac Yard Park is an excellent,  recently developed park on over 20+acres in the currently developing Potomac Yard neighborhood.

Address: 2501 Potomac Avenue, Alexandria, VA 

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Potomac Yard park has it all and the playground reminded me of the very popular, Clemyjontri Park.  Although all the parking is on the street, there was ample parking spots and free parking.  The park is set up a little different than a typical park and goes down a straight path for quite a while.  Behind the park are railroad tracks and during our visit 13, yes THIRTEEN trains went by.  My boys LOVED watching the “choo choo’s”.   At the beginning of the park, you will find tennis courts, basketball courts and a sitting area to watch the trains and read a little history.  As you walk down the path, you will come across two, gated in playgrounds.  One is for 5 and older and the other one is for 5 and under.  In between each playground is an interactive fountain area with picnic tables and benches.  The playgrounds were different and a lot of fun!  The 5 and under playground had a train themed maze, a large piece of equipment for the kids to run around on.  Included in the gated area were kid style hammocks and swings.  The 5+ gated in playground has another piece of equipment for the kids to run around on.  In addition there is a balance beam, zip line, spinning chairs, hammocks, swings and a climbing wall.  Unfortunately there are no restrooms, as of right now at this park; however this is the Potomac Yard Center just. 4 miles away.

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This park is a definite must see! After our visit at this park we just hopped into the park and drove to the marina at Old Town as it was only 2 miles down the road.  Pack a picnic lunch and have

Huntington Park in Alexandria, Va

Huntington Park in Alexandria, Va

This park is located  in the middle of the Huntington neighborhood, not too far from the Huntington metro, located in Alexandria.  This park is located in a cul-da-sac and has plenty of parking.

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Huntington Park, Alexandria, VA

 The tot lot is set back into the park, along the walking trail.  There are two slides, a tunneled and a wraparound.  Next to the tot lot is a set of two toddler swings.  In addition to all the amenities, this park has benches, trash cans and a grill.  There is not much shade over the equipment, but the park as a whole as lots of trees that give off lots of shade.

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This is a nice neighborhood park to let the kids burn some energy.  So if you are in the Huntington neighborhood or close to the area, check this park out!

Windmill Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Windmill Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Windmill Hill Park in the City of Alexandria sits just off the Potomac River in the Olde Town portion of Alexandria. As the kids play on the playground they can see the water. The playground area is fenced-in from the street and grassy area. Parking is along the street and there is plenty of it.

Address: 501 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Windmill Hill Park has the traditional play equipment with both types of swings. It also has a sandbox with lots of donated toys and a small slide for the toddlers. One unique feature is the rope climb in the middle of the park. The ropes are situated over a cushioned base and the kids can climb up and down.

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The kids really loved this park. After we got done playing at the park we walked across the street and checked out the water. Along the walkway is a private dock where the kids could see the boats and also the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in the distance. If you live near Olde Town Alexandria you should check out Windmill Hill Park!

Dora Kelley Park & Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, VA!

Dora Kelley Park & Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, VA!

My family and I had a great time checking out Dora Kelley Park and Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, VA last week. The natural 50-acre park has 1-mile of nature trail that works it way through the park. A paved bike trail starts at Van Dorn St. and reaches Sanger Avenue on the other side of the park. Dora Kelley Park is part of the City of Alexandria and is a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System. Also if you’re into geocaching there are several caches hidden in the park.

Address: 5750 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, VA

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Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center is attached to the William Ramsey Elementary School and William Ramsey Recreation Center. When you pull  into the parking lot just drive all the way to the back and you’ll find the Nature Center.  The Nature Center had a few animal exhibits and cultural exhibits based around the history of Dora Kelley Park and the City of Alexandria. Programs through the Nature Center are available as well as facility rental for events. The Nature Center is not open on Monday and Tuesday even during the winter months. Sunday during the winter months the Nature Center is also closed. For more information click here.

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I would totally recommend doing both of these together on a nice day. Dora Kelley worked very hard to make sure open space was maintained in the City of  Alexandria and her work was acknowledged by naming the park after her. Dora Kelley Park has several trail entrances around the park so you don’t have to just enter at the Nature Center parking lot. When Spring finally arrives check out Dora Kelley Park and Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center.

 

 

Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, VA!

Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria, VA!

Four Mile Run Park in the City of Alexandria is a large park and has a few different entrances depending on what activity you plan on doing at the park. The park includes picnic areas, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, paved walking/biking trails, fishing, and playground. The park gets it’s name from the Four Mile Run Trail that is 7 miles long and runs from Falls Church to Mount Vernon. The Four Mile Run Park has it’s own paved trail that runs through the park and eventually meets up with the Mt. Vernon Trail. For picnic area reservations you can find more info here, https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=45756

Playground Address: 4131 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA

Softball/Baseball Fields Address: 3700 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA  

 Of course when we were at the park we were more interested in the playground. The playground has one piece of play equipment and both types swings. Restrooms are porta potties by the soccer fields (closest to the play equipment) and also indoor restrooms by the baseball fields. There isn’t much shade over the equipment but there are a few trees around the equipment for the kids to get out of the sun.

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Unless you were looking for the playground at Four Mile Run Park you would never know this park had play equipment. To access the play equipment it’s easier to park at the Mt. Vernon Avenue entrance and take the path to the park. If you live in this area of City of Alexandria check out Four Mile Run Park!

Lynhaven Park in Alexandria, VA!

Lynhaven Park in Alexandria, VA!

A few weeks ago we were visiting a friend and we decided to hit up Lynhaven Park in the City of Alexandria. This Fairfax County park is located at the corner of Reed and Wilson Ave just down the street from Cora Kelly Recreation Center.

Address: 5 East Reed Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305

The park includes several benches and pieces of equipment. The equipment was in great shape and  had some shade. Sadly there were no restrooms but the kids had a great time playing on all the equipment.

This park is more for the school aged crowd so if you live near the Potomac Yard or North Ridge areas of Alexandria you should check it out!

 

 

 

Goat Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Goat Hill Park in Alexandria, VA!

Of course we would check out Goat Hill Park in Alexandria since the boys love to hang out with the goats at Amalthea Ridge. Sadly there were no goats at the park but it was a nice little  fenced-in park.

Address: 33 Kennedy Street  Alexandria, VA 22305

Goat Hill Park sits right in between two sets of townhomes in the City of Alexandria. The park has one piece of very nice play equipment and one set of toddler and special needs swings. When we were there it was pretty cloudy but you could tell the park does get some shade from the surrounding older Cedar Trees. There were no restrooms at the park which was too bad because we had to leave the park for my oldest to use a restroom. The flooring was the compressed rubber with padding underneath which makes it a little better to fall on.

The park is located in the Warwick Village residential neighborhood and extends up the slope into the wooded area. It’s a very cute little park and if you live in the area you should check it out!