Arlington Hall Park (22204)

Monday May 16, 2011
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Arlington Hall Park

Arlington Hall Park

290 S. Taylor St.
Arlington, VA 22204
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Bottom Line:  It's a nice neighborhood park but no wow factor. Lack of bathrooms, shade, and baby features detract from the park's appeal. 2/5 stars.

Worth Noting: Only partially fenced, not very shady.  No bucket swings for babies.  No bathroom I saw a port-a-potty across the parking lot as I was leaving, no water fountain.  Surface is mulch.   There is a large parking lot, however it was nearly full with cars, presumably people working at the National Guard Training Center across George Mason Dr.

The Review:

Adam and I stopped by one day to check out this park.  I had seen it from a distance driving down George Mason Drive, but never visited.   To get to the park, you turn off of George Mason Drive onto S. 4th St.  then make the first right onto S. Taylor St.   The park is at the end of the road.  There is a large parking lot, but it seems to be heavily used by the National Guard Training Center across the street.  I found a spot in front of the park, but the lot was mostly full when we arrived around 11:45.

The park is partially fenced, it has a picket fence around the park that is closest to the road and parking lot, but is not fully enclosed.   There is a large green space between the playground and busy George Mason Drive and then a chain link fence prohibits access to George Mason Dr. (there is a tunnel under George Mason to provide access to the Training Center).

This is the view from the entrance to the park off of Taylor St.

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I packed lunch for our outing, so I was pleased to see a nice covered gazebo that had picnic tables and provided shade.

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By noon, there was not much shade for the main play structure.  You can see the left side has a little bit of shade from the nearby trees — I suspect it gets better as the afternoon wears on.

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The play structure is pretty big and has a variety of play features to appeal to kids of a variety of ages.   My 3 year old loved the fireman’s pole, metal footbridge and twisty slide.  Other features include two sets of monkey bars, a zip slide thingee, tic-tac-toe board, spinning pole and more.

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Besides the main play structure, there is also a swingset.  It only has one regular swing, and one handicapped accessible swing.   There are no baby/bucket swings.

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I started to mark this park as “toddler-friendly” because I think the play structure is fun for a variety of ages, but if you have little little ones, especially pre-walkers, this might not be the park for you.   I met another caregiver at the park who had a little boy close to Adam’s age and twin girls who were still crawlers and there wasn’t much to keep the little ones occupied.

Overall, this was a nice little park to checkout, and makes a nice neighborhood park, but I don’t think it has a lot to recommend it as a “drive-worthy” park.

I give it a rating of “2 stars”.   Have you been here?  How would you rate this park?  (Feel free to click the rating stars above to vote).

Find more parks by visiting my main Arlington Parks & Playgrounds page.

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