Mason District Park (Annandale, VA)

Friday November 9, 2012
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Mason District Park

Mason District Park

6621 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003
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Bottom Line:  Very nice, large park with a fun playground for older kids. Good shade, no fences, bathrooms on site (short walk from playground) 4/5 stars

The Review:

On a blustery election day, after voting, I took the kids out to check out a new park.  I had plans to visit somewhere in Arlington, but various circumstances conspired and led us to Mason District Park in Annandale.

The park is a sprawling 121 acres, located off of Columbia Pike.  It has hiking/walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and playing fields, but we were there to check out the playground.  There are actually two playgrounds, but I will start with the bigger and better one.

This playground, best suited for older kids, is a short walk from the parking lots.  When you enter the park grounds, turn to the left and you will see a parking lot which is the closest access point to this playground, via a paved trail.

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The paved trail is a circular loop around a marshy area and makes a good bike riding loop (it does have a little incline in places).

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The playground area has the following features:

Large Play Structure

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Musical “Instruments”

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Climbing Wall/Tower/Fort Thingee

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Swings

Two regular, two “bucket/baby”.   These swings were all seated a little higher off the ground than usual.

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This play area was a lot of fun for my kids.  They would run around on the various equipment, then take a break and ride a loop or two around the marsh/pond. We also spotted an interesting bird of prey (some kind of hawk, maybe?) on one of the poles near the playground.  Mason District is a great area for nature walks/wildlife spotting.

We arrived mid-afternoon and the playground seemed very shady.  I’m not sure how it is in the morning, but appears like it might be a shady option.  Less desirable on a cold day, but good for warm weather.

There is another playground, designated as Tot Lot at the park.  This play area is closer to the bathrooms.   I have to say, it was pretty underwhelming.

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The biggest asset of this playground is it appears to be very shady and is closer to the bathrooms.

Overall, we found Mason District a fun outdoor playground and would recommend it for preschool and school-aged children.

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

3 Responses to Mason District Park (Annandale, VA)

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    Ellie says:

    What’s fun about this park is a hidden old truck in the woods with vines and plants growing all through it. Also, the pond has lots of turtles and frogs in the spring.

  2. 2
    Darcy says:

    This looks awesome! thanks for the review!

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