About The Lists
In the spring/summer of 2010, I decided to put together a list of parks in Arlington and beyond that were of interest to me. The list includes parks and playgrounds in Arlington that I have either visited, would like to visit, or have been recommended to me. Most of the parks are county-owned, but the list also includes other locations that have been recommended (such as civic association parks, church/preschool parks, etc.). I believe that the properties listed are open to the public, but please use your common sense and judgment and obey any rules. Let me know if I’ve included something that is restricted.
I feel so blessed to live in Arlington County, which has so many wonderful facilities. The county website has a ton of information. If you are looking to explore on your own, check out these links:
- County Playgrounds
- County Parks
- County Nature Centers
- County Green Space Map (6.4MB .pdf)
- Our Kids: Playground List — Our Kids is a fantastic local resource for so many things, it’s often my starting point when looking for a new place or activity to explore
- Kaboom — a national playspace finder
- Future Development — ArlCo has a lot coming down the pipe. Check out what projects are In Design, Under Construction, and Recently Completed
Why Review Playgrounds?
I started doing playground reviews in 2010 when my kids were 6, 5, and 2.5. Because my kids are diverse in age and interests, I was constantly on the lookout for playgrounds that would suit their various needs. And while there are many online lists of playgrounds (see above), hardly any have photos or provide much detail about the park features.
I decided it would be fun to visit as many as possible and write them up. That way *I’d* learn which parks are best for my kids, and I could provide helpful feedback for others.
I hope you’ll find my reviews helpful and I would love to hear from you! Please take a moment to rate the parks you are familiar with and share a comment about your thoughts on the parks I’ve reviewed.
If there are other parks you’d like me to check out – please let me know!