Dawson Terrace and Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Dawson Terrace and Community Center in Arlington, VA!

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

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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.

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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.

collage2The 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!

Thomas Jefferson Community Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Thomas Jefferson Community Center & Park in Arlington, VA!

Thomas Jefferson Park in Arlington, VA includes a Community Center, playground, lit basketball courts, lit tennis courts, lit synthetic turf field, a baseball field, lit grass soccer/football, and a fitness trail. The Thomas Jefferson Community Center has an indoor track, basketball courts, volleyball courts, fitness facilities, open art studios, and after school programs.

Address: 3501 S 2nd St. ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area had lots of smaller slides and ride on equipment. One of the slide sets needed some work but all the rest of the equipment was in great shape. There isn’t any shade over the equipment but at least there are inside restrooms you can use when the community center is open.

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The Thomas Jefferson Park and Community Center has a lot of sports fields and courts for you to enjoy. The additional activities at the Community Center are great for all ages and skill levels. If you live in the Arlington area and need a great sports park check out Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Park!

Lorton Park in Lorton, VA

Lorton Park in Lorton, VA

Last week we visited parks in Lorton and came across Lorton Park, which is directly behind the Lorton Library.  Lorton Park is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

9518 Richmond HwyLortonVA 22079

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Located off Richmond Highway, there is an open parking lot for the park, community center and library.  There is a nicely sized playground equipment including climbing equipment, slides and monkey bars.  Directly behind the tot lot are swings as well.  Benches, picnic tables and a grill are nearby the playground area of the park.  The walking trail encompasses the park and makes a full circle.  We did some walking while my toddler played at the playground and it was great because I was able to see him the whole  time, while I was getting some exercise.

**Directly across the Richmond Highway, there were ball fields.  Due to the weather, we didn’t make it across the highway to visit the ballfields. **

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If you are in Lorton,  this is a great park to visit in the summer time.  Cool off in the library for a bit and then let the kids run around and explore at this park!

Burgundy Community Center in Alexandria, VA!

Burgundy Community Center in Alexandria, VA!

  Established in 1970 for residents of the Burgundy Village area in Alexandria, Burgundy Community Center is located in Alexandria and has plenty of shade when traveling to this park.

5516 Norton Road, Alexandria, VA 22303

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Cameron Elementary School is located right next to this community center.  There is an open parking lot with plenty of parking.  There are two pieces of equipment, one shaded and one not as shaded.  Though there are not any swings, there are walking trails, basketball and tennis courts.  The walking/hiking trail is connected to the Burgundy Village neighborhood.  There are not any outside restrooms, although you can easily go into the school or the Community Center and use the indoor restrooms.  On the trail, near the other playground is a little bridge to cross.  My boys loved walking over the bridge, to see what was under it, especially since we went to this park in the Fall.

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If you are located in the Burgundy Village, I highly recommend checking out the park at this Community Center and look into their activity schedule while you visit!

Veterans Memorial Regional Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Veterans Memorial Regional Park in Woodbridge, VA!

A few months ago we headed out to Woodbridge, VA to check out Veterans Memorial Regional Park! This park has something for everyone. The park sits next to the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Prince William County and has lots of natural hiking trails. The Veteran Memorial Park Community Center is part of the park as well.

Address: 14300 Featherstone Rd, Woodbridge, VA 

In addition to the cute little playground, the park has a pool, rental picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits, skatepark, baseball, softball, soccer, football fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. The recreation center also includes indoor basketball court. The playground was in good condition with a small piece of equipment, toddler and regular swings. Restrooms are available inside the community center right near the park and porta potties are located throughout the park.

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail runs through the park and a trail entrance is just off the main road that runs through the park. The trail head is marked by the green square on a post. It was a nice hike but I would not recommend taking a wagon or a stroller on the path.

This was a very nice park with many things to do. If you live in Prince William County or if you’re looking for a new place to hike check out Veteran Memorial Regional Park in Woodbridge, VA!