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.

 

 

Fort Ethan Allen Park & Madison Community Center in Arlington, VA!

Fort Ethan Allen Park & Madison Community Center in Arlington, VA!

A few weeks ago we headed to Fort Ethan Allen Park in Arlington, VA. Madison Community Center sits right next to the park which is great because you are able to use the indoor restrooms. The park includes two different pieces of play equipment, multi-use field, basketball court, both types of swings, dog park, and asphalt area next to playground with recycled ride on toys for the kids to use. For parking, just park in the lot of the Community Center.

Address: 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22207

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The playground area has two different pieces of play equipment. One set is for the smaller crowd and also sits in a large sandbox filled with recycled dump trucks and shovels. The other piece of equipment is for the larger crowd and sits on mulch. Both types of swings are available in their respective play areas. In between both play areas are a few benches with lots of shade to get out of the sun. The equipment doesn’t have much over it but at least you can walk in the surrounding areas to get out of the sun. The large asphalt area next to the playgrounds is perfect for all the ride on toys that have been donated over the years.

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I’ve said it before but Arlington parks are great. All the recycled toys make it a different experience from ordinary parks. If you live near the Madison Community Center check out Fort Ethan Allen Park in Arlington, VA. Oh and if you have a dog check out the fenced in dog park.

 

 

Costello Park in Manassas Park, VA!

Costello Park in Manassas Park, VA!

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.

Address: 99 Adams Street, Manassas Park, VA

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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.

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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.