Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

Cavalry Run Park in Manassas, VA!

We were in Manassas a few weeks ago and traveled to a few different parks, one being Cavalry Run Park.  This is a nice, shaded park by the Hayden Community.

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Address: 9201 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110 

There is a small parking lot when you turn off of Ashton Avenue and then you immediately get to the tot lot that is covered by bark chips. The tot lot includes two slides, climbing equipment, two regular swings and two infant swings.  There is a soccer field and a tennis court as well.  Throughout the park there are picnic tables, trash receptacles, and a grilling area.  There is a large, open space that is good for ‘free play’ also.

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If you are located in the City of Manassas or are near the Hayden Community, check this park out!

Winterset Park located in Manassas, VA!

Winterset Park located in Manassas, VA!

Last week we visited Winterset Park located in the City of Manassas. This was a great park for all ages.  There were a few different sets of playground equipment, as well as two sets of basketball courts.

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Address: 8252 Winterset Dr, Manassas, VA  20110

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The playground has three different equipment structures, which include two different slides and lots of different climbing equipment.  My toddler loved the climbing wall and wanted to do it over and over again.  There is a unique piece that I haven’t yet seen at a playground; the half circle with two tires underneath is a new modern-like see-saw.  Behind that was a fun little zipline.  Once we got the hang of it we had lots of fun on that too! There are four regular swings and two infant swings as well.  The ground of the park is mulch and there are picnic benches around the outside of the parameter for the parents to sit and watch their kiddos play.

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Looking to have a picnic?  This park is for you, as there are plenty of picnic tables with a grill centrally located.  Don’t forget your basketball or sidewalk chalk as their are two different basketball courts to play at.  If you are in the City of Manassas, make sure you stop to visit this park!

 

Rutherford Park in Fairfax, VA!

Rutherford Park in Fairfax, VA!

Rutherford Park located in Fairfax has so much to offer and is fun for all ages.  In addition to the large piece of playground equipment, there are also plenty of athletic fields including tennis and basketball courts.  There is a nice picnic and grilling area and nice walking trail, which is part of the Long Branch Stream Valley Trail.

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Address: Rutherford Park, Fairfax, VA 

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Rutherford Park 38.825390, -77.264773 Rutherford Park, Fairfax, VA 22032, United States (Directions)
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When you first enter the park there is a port-a-potty.  The playground, itself, is a large piece of equipment, including three slides, a climbing wall and monkey bars.  Rutherford Park has a tire swing, including two infant swings and two regular swings, as well as a few riding animals.  Woodchips are underneath all the equipment.  There are plenty of athletic fields, including basketball and tennis courts and there is a nice picnic and grilling area.

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Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

Ranger Road Park in Fairfax, VA!

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.

Address: 9701 Ranger Road, Fairfax, VA

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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.

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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.

Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA!

Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA!

Thinking of Spring yet?  We are! Rocky Run Park in Arlington, VA is such a fun park to visit! This park recently had a new makeover in 2014 (phase 1) and has something for everyone to enjoy!  Part of Phase 2 is renovation of the restrooms, so there currently are not any restrooms at this park.  This park is located in the Clarendon area of Arlington.  Included at this park are basketball courts, covered pavilion, climbing wall, modern style playground equipment, rope pyramid, sand area, swings, a large tube slide and so much more!

 Address: 1109 N Barton St, Arlington, VA 22201

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There is one area of the park geared towards 5-12 year old with lots of climbing equipment and another area for 0-5 year olds.  The middle of the climbing equipment looks like a spider web.  It connects to a larger play structure, which includes ropes to climb, a climbing wall, and a curving tube slide.  This area also includes two rope-like tire swings and an orange piece of circular equipment.  The orange equipment is round shaped and is made for kids to grab a hold of it and spin around in circles.

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The playground geared towards 0-5 year olds is where we spent most of our time! This section was awesome and unlike any other park I have been to before.  There are benches all around for the adults to sit at.  I would say this is more of a modern style play ground.  There was a rubbery hop scotch, sand pit, lots of little cars on springs on the “rubbery road”, as well as a little cute market set up to be on the side of the “rubber road”.

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Also included at the 0-5 year old playground is a smaller playground structure as well as 4 infant swings.  My little ones couldn’t get over all the choices of equipment to play on.  Of course it was one of the nicer days, so it was pretty crowded.

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In addition to all the exciting playgrounds, Rocky Run Park also has a pavilion, a cemented area leading to the lower part of this park, which includes two basketball courts and a lighted turf field.  Although we didn’t bring any, I saw a bunch of kids riding their bikes down the sidewalk to the fields.

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This, in my opinion, is a must visit park.  If you don’t live in Arlington, pack a picnic lunch and check this park out! You won’t be disappointed!

Villa Lee park in Fairfax, VA!

Villa Lee park in Fairfax, VA!

Villa Lee Park is located in Fairfax, VA.  You can access this park off of Hunter Road and take a path, over the bridge to the park or by turning into the Villa Lee townhouse development off of Espana Court and it is right in the cul-da-sac.

Address: 2901 Hunter Road, Fairfax, VA 

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As mentioned before, Villa Lee park is located off of Hunter Road.  There is only street parking, the road is a little narrow, but you can access the park by taking the walking path through the woods, over the bridge to Villa Street Park.  We ended up parking in the cul-da-sac off of Empana Court in the Villa Lee townhouse development.  The park is located right there.  The park has a small playground with climbing equipment,  slide a see-saw, as well as a swing and an infant swing.  There is also a little picnic area where you can enjoy the nicely shaded park.

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If you live in the Villa Lee development or are near by, this is a small, yet nicely shaded park to visit in the forest.

Stafford Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

Stafford Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

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.

Address: 3300 Stafford Drive, Fairfax, VA 

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 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park in Arlington, VA!

Butler Holmes Park located in the Penrose neighborhood in Arlington, VA.  This park is an older aged child’s dream, but by the end of 2015 phase 2 will be completed with a tot lot.

Address: 101 S Barton St, Arlington, VA 22204

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This two-acre park is in the midst of a renovation and have made it through phase one.  Phase two will be completed by the end of 2015.  A smaller version of the “climbing Eiffel tower” is the big highlight of this park.  Although my kids are younger, this rope climbing tower is more for the 6-12 year old crowd.  Also included at this park are swings and a swinging pole.  There is a small paved path, great for the kiddos to ride bikes or walk to the basketball court.  Located by the basketball court is a water fountain.

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There is a Picnic Pavilion that can be rented, by clicking here.  There are also more picnic tables and a few charcoal grills near the basketball court.

If you are located in Arlington or are looking for a fun park to check out.  Make sure to add this one to your list to visit.  We look forward to re-visiting once the tot lot is added.

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!

Hammill Mill Park in Woodbridge, VA

Hammill Mill Park in Woodbridge, VA

Hammill Park is located in Woodbridge, VA and managed by Prince William County Authority.  This park is accessible off of Carter Lane.  There is a walking trail off of Hylton Ave, across a little bridge to the tot lot, swings, picnic pavilion with grills, as well as one of Prince William Counties Community Pools.

Address: 1721 Carter Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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Near the playground area are four swings (two infant and two normal), a covered picnic area with a grill and a community pool.  We didn’t take any pictures of the picnic area as there were two groups there enjoying lunch.  The playground was an older play area, but our boys still had fun.  The playground equipment had three slides, tic-tac-toe, a tunnel to crawl through and some climbing equipment.

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**Please Note:  The pool is closed for the season**

This pool has fun water slides for the kids for all the kids to enjoy, as well as plenty of shaded options. The pool is open middle of June- middle of August.

This is a nice park for Prince William County residents, especially during the summer months when you are able to utilize the community pool.  If you live in the Hylton neighborhood, check this park out.