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.
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.
If you are located in Fairfax County or are just looking for a fun, free day out, check out this park!
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.
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.
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.
(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).
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.
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.
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.
If you live in Oakton, this is a nicely sized park with lots to do! Check it out!
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.
If you are in walking distance to Hunter Woods/Dogwood parks, hop on the trail and enjoy a nice nature walk and picnic lunch.
Harry W. Dawson park is located right off of Hillendale Drive. Although there is not a parking lot, there is plenty of street parking and a paved walking trail that leads you to the playground, swings, cover picnic table and other walking trails. The playground equipment has a few climbing ladders, a slide and a tunnel. Also at the playground area is a swiveling seat, a rocking horse, an infant swing as well as a regular swing and two benches.
There is a covered area with two picnic tables and trash receptacles. To the left of the picnic area are where you can take the walking trails that lead you to the local neighborhoods.
If you are in the neighborhood, this is a nice park to stop, visit and enjoy the shade!
Four Mile Run Park in the City of Alexandria is a large park and has a few different entrances depending on what activity you plan on doing at the park. The park includes picnic areas, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, basketball court, paved walking/biking trails, fishing, and playground. The park gets it’s name from the Four Mile Run Trail that is 7 miles long and runs from Falls Church to Mount Vernon. The Four Mile Run Park has it’s own paved trail that runs through the park and eventually meets up with the Mt. Vernon Trail. For picnic area reservations you can find more info here, https://www.alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=45756
Of course when we were at the park we were more interested in the playground. The playground has one piece of play equipment and both types swings. Restrooms are porta potties by the soccer fields (closest to the play equipment) and also indoor restrooms by the baseball fields. There isn’t much shade over the equipment but there are a few trees around the equipment for the kids to get out of the sun.
Unless you were looking for the playground at Four Mile Run Park you would never know this park had play equipment. To access the play equipment it’s easier to park at the Mt. Vernon Avenue entrance and take the path to the park. If you live in this area of City of Alexandria check out Four Mile Run Park!