(At the intersection of Ranger Road and Cambridge Road).
There are a few parks off of Ranger Road and we came across this neighborhood park at the intersection of Ranger Road and Cambridge Road. This park is semi-gated in and has a car wash section and hook up for the residents in Cambridge Station. The park also has a small playground area, swings, basketball court and a picnic area. The tot lot has three small slides, there are three infant swings nearby as well.
This park is for Cambridge Station residents, so if you live in Cambridge Station check out this quiet little park in your neighborhood, and enjoy washing your car (when it’s warm 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.
(We parked along Club Pond Lane and walked a short distance down the trail. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, you could also park at Polo Fields parking lot and take the trail).
We really enjoy taking the trails in Reston and enjoy coming across some of these nice little neighborhood parks. We got to cross a bridge on the trail and then the boys got really excited and ran to the playground equipment. There were two slides, climbing equipment and monkey bars. Just passed the playground equipment are four swings (two baby and two regular). Behind the playground area is a basketball court. Last week was a very hot and humid day. We were pleasantly surprised by how nicely shaded this park was. There was a picnic table with a trash can as well.
If you live in the Polo Fields or Colts Brook neighborhood, this park is one of three parks in your neighborhood. If you aren’t in the neighborhood, I still recommend checking these parks out!
Jefferson District Park is located right off of Lee Highway in Falls Church. This park has so much to offer. The main attraction to this park is their golf course, in addition there is a miniature golf course, play grounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas and restrooms.
This park has a large parking lot and it set deep within the park that it is safe for the kids to play and not worry about heavy traffic. There is one piece of large play equipment including a wrap around slide and a tic-tac-toe game. The playground is surrounded by benches, picnic tables a few grills and trash cans. In addition to the play area is several fields including basketball and tennis courts.
If you live near Falls Church and Lee Highway, I recommend making a day of this and trying out the miniature golf course as well planning a picnic at the playground.
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!
Cobbdale Park in the City of Fairfax is a small neighborhood park. The park sits on the corner of Burrows Avenue and Howerton Avenue. You park on the street and cross a small cute bridge. The small park includes picnic tables and playground area.
The playground includes a small piece of play equipment, both types of swings and climbing apparatus. There is not much shade over the equipment but there are several large older trees that give off lots of shade.
The Cobbdale Park is cute little park and a nice spot to let the kids play. If you live in the Fairfax area check out this nice neighborhood park.