Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA!

Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA!

Our Orthopedist was funny and mentioned Barcroft Park is her kids favorite park because the high rope climbing apparatus. The rope equipment at this park is pretty high but my oldest had a fun time pretending he was on American Ninja Warrior..:) But luckily there is not just the climbing tree to play on. This playground is near the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center. The 65-acre park includes several sports fields including lit baseball/softball field, batting cage,tennis courts, handball court, drop-in rectangular field, volleball court, lighted basketball court, and horseshoe pit. You can even head down to the stream and try some fishing. Here is a map that kind of shows you where things are located in the park.

Address: 4200 S Four Mile Run Dr ArlingtonVA 22206 

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We only spent time at the one playground area by the parking garage but there are two other small playground areas next to the two different picnic pavilions. We’ll have to end up going back and checking them out on another day. The playground we did check out is located near all the sports fields and has indoor restrooms right next to the area. The area includes a large climbing apparatus that includes two different sizes for the kids to climb on. It was easy for me to get in there and help out when someone needed help coming down or going back up. So the little crowd doesn’t feel left out there is a preschool age slide and steps combo for them to climb on over a compressed rubber flooring. Besides the added bonus of  bathrooms being so close by there is plenty of shade over and around the equipment. Lots of benches, concrete wall and tables for everyone to sit at as well.

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We will definitely head back to this park at a later date to check out the picnic pavilions, other playground areas and fishing spot. My oldest is already begging to go back and climb on the rope trees…..:)

Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Aquatic and Recreation Park in Alexandria, VA!

Chinquapin Park is nice park in Alexandria!  The park includes a playground, swings, walking trails, a community garden plot, a small dog area, picnic pavilion and a variety of different playing fields.

Address:  3210 King Street, Alexandria, VA 

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This park is located across the parking lot from T.C. Williams High School and is especially known for their aquatic center and recreation park.  Outside of the recreation facility is a nice community garden plot center and a shaded dog park.  The community garden plot was fenced in and was well marked.  The shaded dog park is located right below the playground and pavilion area.  While we were there, there were about 12 dogs playing around in the shade.  Although it is narrow, it is a long patch of flat, grassy area for the dogs to play and relax.  Please note the dog park is not fenced in.

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The playground equipment includes two slides, monkey bars and a climbing rope.  There are four swings total (two infant and two regular).  As for different playing fields, there is a volleyball court, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball and soccer fields.   The pavilion is in between the playground and basketball court.  There are also two grills right near the pavilion. Directly behind the pavilion is the part of the park that is for dogs to play and relax.  It is very shaded.  There are walking trails all around the park up to the Aquatic center.

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 If you are in the Alexandria area, or are members of the Chinquapin Aquatic center, be sure to take a walk around the building to this park!

Collingwood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Collingwood Park in Alexandria, VA!

Collingwood Park in Alexandria, VA has gotten new play equipment.  The park also includes two (2) unlit little league fields, two (2) unlit tennis courts, one (1) unlit basketball court, and two (2) unlit soccer/football fields.

Address: 8200 West Boulevard Dr., Alexandria, VA 22308

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The fenced-in playground area has one medium sized play equipment and both regular and toddler swings. A restroom is available in the form of a porta pottie near the tennis courts and playground. There isn’t much shade around the equipment but there are a few picnic tables by the tennis courts under some trees.

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A very cute park in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria. If you live in the neighborhood or you’re just looking for a new place to play in Alexandria, check out Collingwood Park.

Arrowbrook Centre Park in Herndon, VA!

Arrowbrook Centre Park in Herndon, VA!

Located in Herndon, VA off of Sunrise Valley Drive, Arrowbrook Centre Park is a Fairfax County Park mainly known as for their soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts.  Most recently, they added a fun, gated in jungle gym for the kids to play on and my boys loved it!

Address: 2351 Field Point Road, Herndon, VA

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Although this park is known for all their sport fields, they recently added a gated in jungle gym for all the kids to play on and it was a big hit! It’s a unique piece of equipment and has lots of climbing features, a few little discs you can sit on and bounce.  Since it’s gated, we also noticed people that came and brought bikes and ride on toys for the kids to play with as well.  There is also a tennis court, basketball court and a large soccer field.  Arrowhead Centre Park also had “practice golf green”, where you could practice your putt.  There Picnic Shelter is available to rent as well.  Once you enter there is a huge parking lot and a walkway to all the fields and playground.

If you live near Arrowbrook Centre Park, this is a great park for you to check 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!

 

Colten Neck Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Colten Neck Recreation Park in Reston, VA!

Colten Neck Recreation Park is a park within the Reston Association and is a nice little park located off Colten Neck Drive in Reston, VA.  There is a walking trail, tennis court, practice tennis station, tot lot, trash benches and a picnic table.

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This park has lots of shade and is surrounded by trees.  The playground is a nice little piece of equipment including two slides next to each other, steering wheel and climbing area. The walking trail is located at marker 31N, connected by the Colten Neck/South Park neighborhood.  If you are looking to take a nice, peaceful walk, this is a great park to visit. It is very shaded and you can hear all the different nature sounds on the trail.  If you’re a tennis player, there are tennis courts as well as a practice tennis wall.

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If you’re near the Colten Neck neighborhood or looking for a nice shaded park and trail to visit, head out to this park.

 

 

Jefferson District Park in Falls Church, VA

Jefferson District Park in Falls Church, VA

Jefferson District Park is located right off of Lee Highway in Falls Church.  This park has so much to offer.  The main attraction to this park is their golf course, in addition there is a miniature golf course, play grounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas and restrooms.

Address: 7900 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042

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 This park has a large parking lot and it set deep within the park that it is safe for the kids to play and not worry about heavy traffic.  There is one piece of large play equipment including a wrap around slide and a tic-tac-toe game.  The playground is surrounded by benches, picnic tables a few grills and trash cans.  In addition to the play area is several fields including basketball and  tennis courts.

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If you live near Falls Church and Lee Highway, I recommend making a day of this and trying out the miniature golf course as well planning a picnic at the playground.