Ranger Road Park is a nice park located right off of Ranger Road in the City of Fairfax. This park is located on over 10 acres and offers a basketball court, picnic area, two grills as well as playground equipment.
This park offers two different pieces of playground equipment, which includes slides and climbing areas. Additionally, there are two sets of swings for both infant and regular. The playground itself slopes down a small hill from the road and parking is alongside Ranger Road. There are Cardiovascular Fitness exercises along a small trail that allows you to get a little workout in, while your little one is playing. Two grills and a picnic area are also located at this park. One downside: There are not any restrooms located within the park.
My boys enjoyed the trail and crossing the bridge just as much as the playground aspect of the park. If you are located in the City of Fairfax of near Ranger Road, 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.
Last week we ventured out to Fairfax County and came across this great park in the City of Fairfax. Stafford Drive Park has over 24 acres, which includes a multi purpose turf field, large playground, rest rooms and a nice walking trail.
From the parking lot, you can take part of the walking trail to the playground. The turf field was busy with school aged children practicing soccer.
This playground has so much to do and is great for all ages! There is a large set of playground equipment with three large slides, a small playground for the little ones and another set of equipment that is great for little ones to run around and climb the monkey bars. The entertainment doesn’t stop there; there is also a climbing wall, a red car, a ball maze, musical instrument section and a whole row of both infant and regular swings.
Upon entering the park there is a large parking lot with ample parking. Included at the park are restrooms, multi-purpose turf field, walking trails and a very large playground with swings. The restrooms are located at the entrance of the park.
We did head out to this park right after school let out, so it was starting to get pretty busy by the time made it to the playground area. However, if you live in the City of Fairfax or in Fairfax County, check this park out!
This playground is located in the City of Fairfax and is a great neighborhood park. There are two playgrounds, two swings and two infant swings, hiking trail through the neighborhood and a small stream behind the playground equipment. The playground equipment is far enough from the road that you feel safe with the kiddos to roam around and explore. Although we visited this park in the Fall, it is a very shaded park, which would be nice during those hot summer months. Since it is Fall, we utilized all the fallen leaves and piled them up at the bottom of the slide. The kids had a ball!
The playground equipment has two slides on one and one slide on the other. It’s your typical set of equipment; climbing area, slides, tunnels, tic-tac-toe and steering wheel. Included in this park is also a picnic table, trash can and a bench. The walking trail was nice too, especially since it’s Fall. We went on a scavenger hunt and found items that are Fall colors and put them in our little brown bag!
Although there are not any restrooms, this is a great park to visit and the kids really did have a great time. If you are near the City of Fairfax, check this park 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!
When we were tooling around Fairfax heading toward the different portions of Eakin Community Park we headed out onto the Accotink Stream Valley Trail. This portion of the trail is part of the larger Cross County Trail plan or CCT. The CCT is 40 miles long, running from the Potomac River in Great Falls Park to Occoquan River in the Occoquan Regional Park. There is some great facts about the CCT on the Fairfax County Park Authority website and other Trail Maps around the counties, if you’re curious and want more information click here.
This portion of the CCT takes you along the trail from Pickett Road in Fairfax where you can enter the path at Thaiss Memorial Park all the way to Little River Turnpike (Rt 236) ending at Wakefield Park in Annandale.
We picked a nice day to head out on the 4.2-mile trail and just walk in the shade of the trees. The path is paved and flat with several small bridges to cross over. There were tons of people running, biking or just letting the kids run up and down the path. The wooded area along the trail was pretty moist from the past days of rain and we noticed it was kind of buggy in parts. I bet during the spring time or when there is a small breeze the bugs are not an issue. Homes can be seen from the parts of the trail and you do cross over a few roads but there are large crosswalks for pedestrian safety. Along the way are info signs with information regarding the trail or things like a description of poison ivy and why it makes you itch…:)
There are a couple parks along this portion of trail, Thaiss Memorial Park which has a school aged piece of play equipment and Eakin Community Park which has a playground with slides and swings. There are restrooms at the Thaiss Memorial Park (porta potty) and Eakin Community Park (porta potty) at the Tobin Rd location.
My kids had a fun time running along the path, checking out the creek that runs under the small bridges and of course seeing the deer throughout the trail area. (HINT: There is a deer in this picture, see if you can find it….:) ) One thing I have to mention are the signs along the trail noting that Deer Management for Archery Hunters begins in Sept and runs through February.
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.
Fairchester Woods Park in the City of Fairfax is very cute neighborhood park with lots of shade. The park sits in between homes and can be reached by either Warwick Avenue or Scott Drive. The park includes a half basketball court and playground area.
The playground area includes a large piece of play equipment with a Clifford theme and can really accommodate all age ranges. Plenty of swings both toddler and regular are located to one side of the park. Small ride on toys are also available for the kiddos to play on. There is not much shade over the play equipment but plenty of shade over the swings and ride on toys. Of course bring your bug spray as the gnats when we were there were flying around. I totally expect that at a park that is surrounded by grass and large older trees.
No restrooms at this park but if you live in the Fairchester Woods neighborhood this is a great park to walk to and have the kids burn off some energy. If you live in the City of Fairfax and are looking for small wooded park check out Fairchester Woods Park!