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!

Mason Avenue Park, Alexandria, VA!

Mason Avenue Park, Alexandria, VA!

Mason Avenue Park is a small neighborhood park right off of Mason Avenue that has been adopted by the Del Ray Citizens Association.   This park is accessible from Mason Avenue or Monroe Avenue.  In between an apartment complex and a row of houses, this park is surrounded by a bunch of trees and has parking along the streets.

Address: 10 East Monroe Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

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This park includes a large piece of playground equipment, a see-saw, swings (two infant, two regular) and sitting area.  The playground equipment has a climbing wall, three slides and monkey bars.   There are no restrooms or walking trails at this small neighborhood park.  There are no fences around the park, so be aware this park is between Mason and Monroe Avenue, which can be two busy roads.

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If you live near Mason or Monroe Avenue, this is a nice shaded park with lots of seating.

Colts Brook Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Colts Brook Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Last week we were walking on the Reston Association trails and came across Colts Brook Recreation Park in the Hunter Woods district. Colts Brook is a short walk down the trail from Polo Fields Recreation Area Park. 

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(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).

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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.

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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!

Newington Heights Park in Lorton, VA!

Newington Heights Park in Lorton, VA!

We were recently in Lorton and stopped by Newington Heights Park in Lorton.  Operated and managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority, this park is the largest park in Lorton with over 60+ acres.

Address: 8590 Heller RdLortonVA

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Lots of trees around, but the playground itself is not shaded.  The play equipment is up a small hill and to the left from the parking lot.  You can follow the small walking trail to the playground or the playing fields.  There is a nice bench right at the playground to watch the kiddos play.  Although this park doesn’t have swings, the playground is equipped with slides, climbing equipment, tunnels and monkey bars.   There is a walking trail around the park that leads you to tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields.

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Although my kids are still a little young for the playing fields,  we had fun kicking a ball in the tennis courts, walking the path and of course playing on the playground.  If you are in Lorton, check it out!

 

 

Glade Recreation Area in Reston, VA!

Glade Recreation Area in Reston, VA!

Glade Recreation Area is part of the Hunter Woods District in the Reston Association.  Included in this park is a tot lot, restrooms, pavilion, basketball and tennis courts and a pool during the Summer months.

Address: 11550 Glade Drive, Reston, VA 

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Glade Recreation Area has a large parking lot.  There is so much to do here and you don’t have to belong to the Reston Association to enjoy some of the perks! There are tennis and basketball courts.  My boys had a ton of fun at the tot lot; it’s great for all ages. The playground itself is tucked in the furthest away from the parking lot.  There’s a little climbing wall and slide.  There is a whole back wall fence that has other play equipment such as a steering wheel and a little kids picnic area.  Two infant swings and two regular swings are included in this play area.   In addition to the little kids picnic area, there is another picnic table with a covering that will keep you shaded as well.   After we played, we took a stroll on the walking trail.  In addition, this park has restrooms, trash cans, benches and a water fountain.  If you belong to the Reston Association you can also enjoy the pool at Glade Recreation Area.

If you are in the Hunter Woods area or nearby, this is a good park to put on your visit list!

 

Jefferson Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Jefferson Manor Park in Alexandria, VA!

Located off of Telegraph Road, Jefferson Manor Park is a very spacious Fairfax County park which offers a nice sized playground and lots of room to run around.

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2909 Farmington Drive, Alexandria, Va 22310

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This park is an ideal location for a family or friends get together.  Some of the amenities include baseball court, little league field, playground area, restrooms and a huge scenic area with lots of room to run around ( bring a ball or boccie ball to entertain all).   The playground is a nicely sized lot including two slides, monkey bars and other play areas.  Jefferson Manor Park also has a baseball field, basketball court, pavilion, grills, restrooms, picnic tables and benches.  The pavilion can be rented for just a small amount.  As a mom with two young kids,  I really enjoyed that the parking lot was at the bottom of the hill, off of the main road, making it convenient to let the little minds explore around the park.

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This park has so much to offer.  If you are in the Alexandria area or are planning to be, I highly recommend planning a day trip with your family or group of friends and enjoy all the perks this park has to offer!

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Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, VA

Bucknell Manor Park in Alexandria, VA

Bucknell Manor Park is located in Alexandria at the center of the Bucknell Manor community.  This park has a small parking lot for those that are not walking from the community neighborhood.

Address: 2266 Beacon Hill Rd, Alexandria, VA 22306

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Bucknell Manor Park is located right off of Beacon Hill.  This park has a basketball court, baseball diamond as well as two nicely sized tot lots.  The playground aspect of this park can be entered through the parking lot and is located in the middle of the park, away from the road.  The playground has two units; a few slides, tunnel to crawl through, monkey bars and a ride on horse. There are also trash cans, picnic tables, benches and a grill to make your day out to Bucknell Manor Park worth the stop.  Restrooms are there May-October.  Although there is not any shade around the playground itself, there is plenty of shade around the picnic tables.

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If you are in the Bucknell Manor Community, you should check out this park and enjoy a nice game of basketball or baseball.

Huntington Park in Alexandria, Va

Huntington Park in Alexandria, Va

This park is located  in the middle of the Huntington neighborhood, not too far from the Huntington metro, located in Alexandria.  This park is located in a cul-da-sac and has plenty of parking.

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 The tot lot is set back into the park, along the walking trail.  There are two slides, a tunneled and a wraparound.  Next to the tot lot is a set of two toddler swings.  In addition to all the amenities, this park has benches, trash cans and a grill.  There is not much shade over the equipment, but the park as a whole as lots of trees that give off lots of shade.

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This is a nice neighborhood park to let the kids burn some energy.  So if you are in the Huntington neighborhood or close to the area, check this park out!