Draper Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

Draper Drive Park in Fairfax, VA!

A BIG Thank you to our Guest Reviewer, Allie Higgins, for reviewing Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax!

Allie Higgins is a mom of two young energetic boys who love to run and play.  Together, they enjoy hiking, biking, swimming and going to the many parks in the area.  Allie has been in the DC/NOVA area for over 10 years; she is writer/researcher and a graduate of Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and Vanderbilt University.

Draper Drive Park in the City of Fairfax was, until recently, only soccer fields and walking trails; however, the city has now added a playground that is a fun addition to the park.
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The playground area is set up on part mulch and part rubber surfaces and includes swings and the main play structures even have shade canopies for the equipment. If your children like to get dizzy, there are several spinning pieces and if they prefer to climb, there are climbing walls as well. Slides and monkey bars make this playground complete. There are numerous park benches and two porta-potties adjacent to the playground.
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 The soccer field is synthetic turf with goals and bleachers along the fields. Additionally, there is a paved run/walk/bike trail that encircles the park. I especially liked that you can see the entire trail from the playground. While my younger son was swinging, I could still watch my older son ride his bike around the loop. Similarly, if you are at the park to watch a soccer match, you can see the all of the fields from the playground, so that makes it fun for all! This is a great park to check out if you are in the Fairfax area.

Bluemont Community Center Park in Bluemont, VA!

Bluemont Community Center Park in Bluemont, VA!

If you have ever headed to Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA you most likely passed right by the Bluemont Community Center. Many times we have driven by and never stopped because the kids were pooped out from running all over the farm. This time my oldest insisted we stop in and see what  it was all about. They both were hooked when they saw the caboose located right next to the basketball court.

Address: 33846 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA 20135

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The community center was a schoolhouse that opened in 1923 and ran until the 60’s. In 1988 community interest helped it become the community center it is today. The community center offers licensed preschool, childcare and after school programs. For more information you can find their phone number and info here.

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 The playground area has several newer looking pieces of equipment including swings, lots of slides and climbing apparatuses. It does have a small fence to keep the little ones inside. There is plenty of shade up against building and you can go inside to use the public restrooms during business hours. There is a preschool and daycare that works out of this facility so at times there may be extra kids playing out on the playground. A fun aspect of the park area is the old caboose that sits adjacent to the full basketball court. The kids can walk up and check it out. There are plenty of picnic tables if you want to pack a lunch or snack in the large grassy area.

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Bluemont Community Center Park is a  fun park located in beautiful Bluemont, VA!

Borge Street Park in Oakton, VA!

Borge Street Park in Oakton, VA!

Recently we traveled to Borge Street Park located in Oakton, VA! This was a nice park that was semi fenced in and included a few sets of playground equipment, swings, basketball court and a walking trail.

Address: 2855 Jermantown Rd, Oakton, VA

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Located at the intersection of 123 and Jermantown Road, this park has a small parking lot and street parking.  This park is semi gated in.  Although there is no shade in the playground area of the park, there is plenty of shade in the picnic area, as well as a large open area for the kids to run around and play.

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There is a bigger set of playground equipment that includes two slides and climbing equipment.  There is also a separate structure of monkey bars.  The younger ones can enjoy play time at this park as well, as there is a smaller set of equipment, that includes a steering wheel and a small slide.

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If you live in Oakton, this is a nicely sized park with lots to do! Check it out!

Dale Lestina Park in Fairfax, VA!

Dale Lestina Park in Fairfax, VA!

Tuesday we checked out Dale Lestina Park, in Fairfax, VA.  This is a nicely shaded, neighborhood park with swings, playgrounds and a neighborhood trail.

Address: 3157 Plantation Parkway Fairfax, VA

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This playground is located in the City of Fairfax and is a great neighborhood park.  There are two playgrounds, two swings and two infant swings, hiking trail through the neighborhood and a small stream behind the playground equipment.  The playground equipment is far enough from the road that you feel safe with the kiddos to roam around and explore.  Although we visited this park in the Fall, it is a very shaded park, which would be nice during those hot summer months.  Since it is Fall, we utilized all the fallen leaves and piled them up at the bottom of the slide.  The kids had a ball!

The playground equipment has two slides on one and one slide on the other.  It’s your typical set of equipment; climbing area, slides, tunnels, tic-tac-toe and steering wheel.  Included in this park is also a picnic table, trash can and a bench.  The walking trail was nice too, especially since it’s Fall.  We went on a scavenger hunt and found items that are Fall colors and put them in our little brown bag!

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Although there are not any restrooms, this is a great park to visit and the kids really did have a great time.  If you are near the City of Fairfax, check this park out!

Soapstone North Recreational Area in Reston, VA!

Soapstone North Recreational Area in Reston, VA!

Part of the Hunter Woods/Dogwood district, Soapstone North Recreational Area is located off of the trails in Reston, VA and off of Soapstone Road.  Located right behind Kindercare.

Address: 2300 Soapstone Drive, Reston, VA  20191

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As mentioned above, this park is located right off of the trails in Reston.  This park is a very nice shaded area.  There is a small playground area with four slides and four swings (two infant and two regular).  There is also a picnic table and a bench.  The ground of the playground area has mulch and the playground is a good distance away from Soapstone Road, so you don’t have to worry about a busy road.  There is a parking lot as well.

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 If you are in walking distance to Hunter Woods/Dogwood parks, hop on the trail and enjoy a nice nature walk and picnic lunch.

Tysons Woods Park in Vienna, VA!

Tysons Woods Park in Vienna, VA!

Tysons Woods Park in Vienna, VA is a nice park that has all sorts of different play equipment for all ages. There is also a few picnic tables in the wooded area to have a nice picnic lunch or snack. A short paved trail runs through the park to get to the other neighborhoods and also to the W&OD Trail. If you click on the google map address below you can see where the walking paths meet up with the W&OD Trail.

Address: 8425 Overlook St., Vienna, VA 22182

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The playground area has preschool-age equipment with toddler swings surrounded by a fence but no gate. Then there is a large piece of school-age equipment and a couple regular swings. There are a couple neat climbing apparatuses as well. Just down the path you’ll find lots of shade under the canopy of the trees and several picnic tables. There is plenty of shade around and over the play equipment but no restrooms at this park.

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This is a very neat park that has a lot of play equipment for all ages. The shade is an extra bonus as sometimes the Northern Virginia can get quite hot. If you live in Vienna and are looking for a new park, check out Tysons Woods Park!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Woodbridge, VA!

Marumsco Acre Lake Park in Prince William County includes a lake, basketball court, picnic pavilion and playground area. The lake has a small platform area where you can walk out on and fish from. You can also fish from the shore line. There is a small parking lot that you can park in so you don’t have to park in the neighborhood.

Address: 14398 Melbourne Road, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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The playground has a newer piece of play equipment that would be great for preschool and school-aged children. Both regular and toddler swings are available. No restrooms at this park but charcoal grills and two (2) picnic pavilions are available right next to the water.

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This is a very cute park in the Woodbridge area. One of the bonuses is that it’s located right next to the train tracks. Don’t worry there is a fence separating the park from the tracks. The kids can hear and see the train through the trees. The train is more visible when the leaves are off of the trees though….:)

Bailey’s Branch in Arlington, VA!

Bailey’s Branch in Arlington, VA!

Bailey’s Branch Park in Arlington, VA is a small park neighborhood park that has close to 2-acres of open space surrounded by a split rail fence with a small playground area.

Address: 990 S Columbus St., ArlingtonVA 22204

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The playground area has one piece of school-age play equipment and one preschool-age equipment. Both types of swings are available and plenty of shade around the play equipment. There are no restrooms available but you are not too far from public restrooms.

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Chapel Acres Park in Springfield, VA!

Chapel Acres Park in Springfield, VA!

Chapel Acres Park in Springfield is a small Fairfax County neighborhood park. Situated on a corner lot, the park has plenty of street parking. The small park has several paved pathways and a basketball court around the equipment, perfect if you want to bring the kids’ bikes or ride on toys.

Address: 7900 Giles St., Springfield, VA 22153

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The playground area has a large piece play equipment and both types of swings. Depending on what part of the day, the park has shade around the equipment to get out of the sun. At the corner of the park is a small drainage creek that was partially full when we were there. The kids had a fun time throwing in sticks and checking out some of the frogs that we were hanging out. I would guess that most of the time this is dry and not much fun…:)

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If you live in the Chapel Acres neighborhood this is a nice park to take the kids to burn off some energy or ride their bikes and scooters around.

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!