Nina Park800 24th St. S.
Arlington, VA 22202
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Bottom Line: Small, shady, enclosed neighborhood playground. Good for toddlers. No bathroom, no water. 3/5 stars
Nina Park is one of two “sister” parks located in Arlington Ridge neighborhood. (Review for the other “sister”, Nelly Custis is coming soon). We stopped by on a warm spring afternoon after a Costco run to Pentagon City. The park is clearly designed for younger kids. Here are some of the key features:
- completely fenced and enclosed
- small enough that it is easy to see across the whole park
- Very shady
- Large Sand Area
The focal point of the playground is a boat themed play structure, set in a large sand area filled with nice white sand. A concrete blue “wave” carries out the nautical theme. Kids had fun walking on it and driving their cars up and down the curves. My four year old appeared to be the oldest child there, and the only one not content to stay on the ground. Other park features include… Two Baby Swings (in full sun) A random “maze” type wall thing sitting at the far end of the park. A concrete sidewalk encircles around the play area, making a nice flat loop for kids with ride-on toys. There are also a couple of benches in the shade and two picnic tables in partial shade. The only parking is on one side of one street, where a two hour stay is permitted; the rest of the streets are zoned for residents. However, we were the only ones who drove to the park, everyone else was clearly from the neighborhood and arrived on foot (or in stroller). It would be nice if the park had bathrooms or a water fountain, but it is obviously meant to serve the needs of local residents, and is a nice shady option for little kids in this area.
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