Oakenshaw Park in Manassas, VA!

Oakenshaw Park in Manassas, VA!

Oakenshaw Park in Manassas, VA is located in the Oakenshaw neighborhood off of Signal Hill Road in the City of Manassas. The park we visited offers a basketball court and playground area off a paved walking trail. It’s actually a two part park with a t-ball field and another basketball court located in another part of the neighborhood.

Address: 9556 Oakenshaw Dr, Manassas, VA 20110 

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The playground are has two large pieces of play equipment with some neat slides and a couple different climbing areas. Both types of swings are available. Sadly no restrooms at the park but public restrooms are nearby in the shopping centers.

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I was pleasantly surprised when we pulled up to this neighborhood park and found several nice pieces of play equipment. The kids didn’t want to leave because of the different features on the equipment that you don’t see at every park. If you live in the City of Manassas around the Oakenshaw Neighborhood, check out this nice park!

Stonewall Park in Manassas, VA!

Stonewall Park in Manassas, VA!

A couple weeks ago we headed out to the City of Manassas to visit a few parks. Our first stop was Stonewall Park. The park offers a large playground and small playground. There is also a cover picnic pavilion and grills that can be reserved. The Stonewall Park Pool is open on Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend. Fees for the pool can be found HERE. Lighted Tennis Courts, Basketball court, Football/Soccer Field and 0.9 fitness trail is also part of this park. Best part is the indoor restrooms that are available from May-October.

Address: 8300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110

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The parks larger playground is located near the entrance by the picnic pavilion. It has two pieces of equipment with lots of different elements. Both types of swings and a climbing wall. Plenty of shade over this park and when we were there the leaves hadn’t come in yet.

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******FOR PARK PAVILION RESERVATIONS CLICK HERE******

Byrd Park in Manassas, VA!

Byrd Park in Manassas, VA!

City of Manassas sometimes get a bad rap but when it comes to their parks they go all out. The other day we were out in Manassas and visited Byrd Park. Byrd Park has large and small play areas with swings for all ages. There are also 2 softball fields and full court basketball courts. The neatest part of the park is the fenced in roller hockey area. One side of the court has many different colored basketball hoops for all different ages and heights to play. Restrooms are indoor and are open seasonally, May-October.

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The playground area offers two different sizes of equipment for the younger and older crowds all in great shape. Both types of swings are available but in different parts of the park. You can see each playground clearly but if you had a younger child and an older child who wanted to play on the other equipment it would be good distance from each other. In the older kids area there is a great sea serpent for them to climb on and other motor developmental type climbing equipment.

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The park also has a small picnic pavilion with grills that you can reserve by calling the City of Manassas. The Roller Hockey Area is fenced in and also has one section dedicated to what they call bankshot basketball. My boys just happen to bring a soccer ball so they shot around and played with the fun size basketball hoops.

The boys had a great time at this park and asked to go back to play basketball! If you live in the City of Manassas or you just want to find a nice park in the Manassas area, check out Byrd Park!

Ben Lomond Park & Splash Down Waterpark in Manassas, VA!

Ben Lomond Park & Splash Down Waterpark in Manassas, VA!

Last week we had the pleasure of going to two Prince William County Waterparks. Our second stop of the day was Ben Lomond Park and Splash Down Waterpark. Splash Down Waterpark has an admission fee. Click on the link above to see current rates. Before we hit up the waterpark the kids wanted to try out the playground area to see what it was like in Ben Lomond Park.

Address: 7500 Ben Lomond Park Dr, Manassas, VA  20109   

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Ben Lomond Park has a small playground, public restrooms, picnic pavilion, tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, soccer/football and baseball fields. The playground area doesn’t have any shade over it but there a few trees to stand under. The play area includes a small piece of play equipment and both types of swings. Restrooms are available in the form of portable restrooms and indoor restrooms by the soccer field. The indoor restrooms aren’t always open but the portable restrooms are there all the time (except maybe in the cold winter months).

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We had never been to Splash Down Waterpark before so I was really surprised. When I spoke with the manager he told me everything that the park has including 2-4-story waterslides, 2-2-story slides, 2-toddler slides, bubblers and fountains, 2-Fast Cannon Water slides, activity pool, lily pad and log walk, and beach area with sand. In Mom words, great play area with small slides and fountains for small walkers and plenty of life vests for all ages. For the larger slides you need to be 48″ tall to ride but I noticed they let my 45″ son ride with a vest on because he passed the swim test. There are plenty of chairs for everyone. Shade is limited but in the kiddie slide and fountain area they have two large umbrellas in the water to stand under. Public restrooms were clean and fully stocked when we were there. No food or outside drinks are allowed in the park so you can either eat at the park or get a stamp and bring a picnic lunch. There are plenty of picnic tables in the surrounding park.

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We had a great time at the park. I observed the lifeguards following all procedures and paying attention unlike the lifeguards at my community pool.  I would think that during the weekend this place is very busy. They do have a cut off point to avoid overcrowding so be aware. Prices are pretty reasonable for admission as compared to major waterpark attractions at other facilities. Even though we don’t live close by we will definitely be returning during the week to hit up the large slides since my oldest is now obsessed with water slides!

***PICNIC PAVILIONS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE ARE AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION***

Baldwin Park in Manassas, VA!

Baldwin Park in Manassas, VA!

A few weeks ago we checked out Baldwin Park in the City of Manassas. The park sits behind the Manassas Museum. The Manassas Museum has permanent and temporary exhibits chronicling the history of the Northern Virginia Piedmont. The park and Museum are located right in the heart of Old Town Manassas.

Address: 9101 Prince William St, Manassas, VA  20110

The playground at the park is in complete shade and in great condition. There is one piece of large playground equipment and one set of swings. There are many picnic tables near the play equipment. Restrooms are located in the Museum not far from the playground. The park area can be rented for gatherings and social events. For more information click here.

My kids had a great time at the park and they even enjoyed the museum. After the museum and park we headed over to the Manassas Train Station to see the Caboose. We were very lucky to catch a Norfolk Southern Engine coming through the station. Totally made the boys day!

 

This is a very cute park. The location near the train station is a bonus and as well as the farmers market that is nearby on Thursdays in the Harris Pavilion.

***FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU CAN RESERVE THE PICNIC AREA FOR GATHERINGS, PLEASE CLICK HERE***

Jennie Dean Park in Manassas, VA!

Jennie Dean Park in Manassas, VA!

The other day when the weather was nice we checked out the Jennie Dean Park in Manassas, VA. The large park is located off of Wellington Road near the Wellington Community in the City of Manassas.

Address: 9680 Wellington Road, Manassas, VA

The park is very large including two baseball fields, a tennis court, walking trails, pond and playground. The paved walking trail, Winter’s Branch Trail is 0.9 miles and when you’re finished you can head over to the pond behind the Boys & Girls Club Building. Indoor Restrooms are located next door to the Boys & Girls Club and Baseball fields. The large playground is closed to the public from 8:30-3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The playground is attached to the Jennie Dean Elementary School and for safety reasons is not open to the public during school hours. The playground has four different pieces of large and small play equipment and two different sets of swings with toddler and regular swings. Plus a fun rock wall for the kids to climb. The equipment doesn’t have any shade over it but there are several benches sitting under some trees.

This park has lots of green space for the kids to run around and burn off all that energy. Next time we are in the City of Manassas we’re going to have to swing by and check out the pond and the trails.

 

 

Rosemount-Lewis Regional Park in Manassas, VA!

Rosemount-Lewis Regional Park in Manassas, VA!

Last week we checked out Rosemount-Lewis Regional Park in Manassas, VA. This Prince William County park is located off of 11000 Crestwood Drive. The county website has the address as 8150 Ashton Avenue but this is not correct.

Address: 11000 Crestwood Drive, Manassas, VA 

The park entrance is located in a cul de sac on Crestwood Drive. You have to park in the cul de sac and walk down the gravel drive to get to the walking trails, tennis court, basketball court, play equipment and picnic pavilion. As you can see from the red arrow I have added to the above photo I have pointed out that only pedestrians and emergency vehicles are allowed on the gravel road. Apparently I just glanced over that sign and with the gate open I just drove on in. Not until after we were done checking out the park that I noticed the small sign. If I learned anything from this mistake is that it’s a pretty good walk down the gravel road to get to everything.

The park has two pieces equipment in pretty good shape. The tennis and basketball court were in good shape as well. The equipment didn’t have any shade over it but the picnic pavilion is right next it. Sadly there are no restrooms for this park. But there are plenty of paved walking trails for you to stroll on in and around the park.

This was a cute park with plenty of grass and trees for the kids to run around. If you live in the Crestwood Village or Paradise Townhomes in Manassas you can easily walk to the park down one of the paved paths or gravel road to check it out.

Fairmont Park in Manassas, VA!

Fairmont Park in Manassas, VA!

The weather was great today so the kids and I ventured out to Prince William County and did a park crawl. First up on our list was Fairmont Park in Manassas, VA. This Prince William County park is located off of Fairmont Avenue in a neighborhood of single family homes.

Address: 9790 Fairmont Ave, Manassas, VA 20109

The park has one piece of the equipment, a set of toddler swings and a tire swing for the older kids. The equipment doesn’t have much shade over it but there is a grove of trees for the kids to get out of the heat. One of the big slides was out of commission but the rest of the equipment was in good shape. There are restrooms at the park but since it’s still February the indoor restrooms were winterized.

This is a cute neighborhood park and if you live in the area you should it check it out!

Joseph D. Reading Park in Manassas, VA!

Joseph D. Reading Park in Manassas, VA!

A few weeks ago we checked out Joseph D. Reading Park in Manassas, VA. This cute little Prince William County park is close to Route 28 near Kline’s Freeze on Maplewood Drive. If you weren’t looking it for it you would never know it was there.

Address: 8460 Maplewood Drive, Manassas, VA

The park is tucked back away from Maplewood Drive. It has several walking paths, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic pavilions. More importantly there are two little playgrounds with permanent restrooms near by. The equipment was in good shape with lots of shade around the equipment. The one turn off was that the slides were aluminum and were kind of hot when we went to check them out.

This park was very cute and very well maintained. In you live in Manassas you should check it out!

Ellis L. Barron Neighborhood Park in Manassas, VA!

Ellis L. Barron Neighborhood Park in Manassas, VA!

Several weeks ago we checked out Ellis L. Barron Park in Manassas, VA. This Prince William County park is close to several apartment complexes and condos.

Address: 7625 Aaron Lane, Manassas, VA 20109

The park didn’t have any shade over the play equipment and the equipment is made of metal so in the summer months it’s probably going to get pretty hot. There were two swings but no toddler swings. A small picnic pavilion is located nearby the playground and offers shade and a nice place to eat a snack. The park also has a basketball and tennis court. When we were there they had a porta potty that was set up in the shade.

Ellis L. Barron is a cute neighborhood park so if you live nearby you should check it out!