Lubber Run Community Center Playground300 N. Park Dr.
Arlington, VA 22203
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Bottom Line: Nice (older) community center playground. Features for older and younger kids, decent shade. Plenty of on-site parking, bathrooms and water available in community center (when open). 3/5 stars.
Lubber Run is an older Arlington playground that shows its age, but has the essentials to keep kids occupied. The playground is surrounded by mature trees, but when we arrived around noon, all of the play structures were in full sun. There was a small shady spot in the sand area.
The playground features two distinct play areas, a set of swings, a few bouncy seats, and a playhouse.
The toddler area features a play structure with two slides. The structure is seated on a soft rubber surface and the rest of the area is what I refer to as “dirty sand”. There are a couple of bouncy toys in this area and it seems more shady than the others due to its proximity to surrounding trees.
The elementary-aged play structure didn’t look impressive to me, but my 3 year-old had a blast on it. It does have a couple of interesting and somewhat unique features. The playground surface in this area is mulch.
The first is a bouncy bridge made of rubber(?) — it has a lot slack so it moves and bounces quite a bit.
The other is a narrow log-style balance bridge that wiggles when you walk — it’s great for practicing balance.
Other features include a fireman’s pole, monkey bars, and your typical slides. There is also a little clubhouse in this area.
The other main play feature is two sets of swings. There is a total of 3 regular swings and 3 baby/bucket swings.
Next to the playground, adjacent to the parking lot, is a basketball court, with a volleyball net strung across the middle. It makes a great surface for little ones with ride-on toys.
My guy loved zooming his Strider bike on it. My one caution was that he seemed interested in the somewhat steep path that led down to busy George Mason Dr.
The playground is right next to the Community Center, which has restrooms. The center is open every weekday from 9am to at least 6pm but is closed on weekends.
Overall, I’d say Lubber Run is a nice little neighborhood park, but nothing amazing. It’s not fenced and it’s not fancy, but it fits the bill if you are looking to get out of the house and hit a local playground on a nice (but not too hot) day.
Find more parks by visiting my main Arlington Parks & Playgrounds page.