Barcroft Park4200 S. Four Mile Run Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206
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Bottom Line: Nice little park good for younger kids. However, no swings, no fences. Does have bathrooms and partial shade. 4/5 stars.
If you have children who love to climb, but aren’t big enough to tackle Butler Holmes Park, try Barcroft Playground.
You’ll find it on the far side of the parking garage at Barcroft Rec Center and it features several climbing nets and other play features just right for younger children (~5 and under).
Adam had a blast climbing the spider web net structures. Kids can get about 10-15′ high off the ground, so you’ll want to supervise your little ones.
In addition to the climbing poles, the park has other play features that should appeal to the 0-5 crowd.
Small Play Structure
The area under this tree has “dirty sand” and I suppose it could pass for a sand box.
Other Park Amenities
There are two separate bathroom facilities close to the playground. The first one is closest to the road and appears a bit dated.
The other one is a short walk towards the fields and is much newer — it’s the structure on the right with two doors in the picture below.
Next to the playground is Phoenix Bike Shop — an innovative community program that trains youth to repair and refurbish bikes that are then sold at affordable prices.
There is also a basketball court and two sets of tennis courts adjacent to the playground.
There are benches as well as a couple of tables inlaid with chess/checkerboards.
Beyond the playground is a complex of very nice athletic fields. There is also a snack bar that is presumably open during weekend activities.
There is an additional playground on the Barcroft property, but it is a good walk from this playground, set back in the woods, along the bike trail.
As far as shade goes, we went on an overcast fall day, so I’m not totally sure how sunny it is. My impression is that parts of it get full sun, while others get some shade from the surrounding trees.
Overall, Adam and I had a good time checking out this playground and would recommend it. If you have a young biker, there are plenty of paved paths around the Barcroft complex that would make it a good spot for bike riding as well.
Find more parks by visiting my main Arlington Parks & Playgrounds page.