Rocky Run Park1109 N. Barton St.
Arlington, VA 22201
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Bottom Line: An okay park in the heart of Clarendon. Bonus points for having a bathroom facility on site. 3/5 stars.
NOTE: This park has been renovated. Stay tuned for a new review!
My kids and I stopped by one summer morning to check out this park, nestled in the Clarendon neighborhood. I was surprised at how big the park space was (2+ acres), considering how developed this area is.
Rocky Run has two main play areas. There is a younger aged tot lot close to Barton St. It’s nothing fancy, but has the basics: baby swings, play structure, (dirty) sandbox.
Little Kid Play Area
Although there aren’t any big kid swings, my big kid made do with a baby swing by sitting on top of it. This playground seems to get partial shade in the morning.
One nice feature of this park is the on-site bathrooms, located right next to the tot lot.
There is also a water fountain near the bathroom (at the entrance to the park from Barton St.), a covered pavillion with picnic tables, and a basketball court, which could be good for ride-on toys, if it is not in use.
Beyond the basketball court, the park drops in elevation and there is a cinder playing field, and beyond that, a play structure for older kids.
Big Kid Play Structure
This playground sits in full sun and didn’t hold my kids interest very long.
There were a few un-metered parking spaces near the park, but this area is heavily zoned and/or metered, so parking could be difficult at times.
Overall, this is nice little park but nothing special. However, Arlington is currently in the design phase for upcoming improvements to this park. I look forward to checking it out when they are complete.
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