Slater Park (22207)

Thursday June 2, 2011
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Slater Park

Slater Park

1837 N. Culpeper St.
Arlington, VA 22207
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Bottom Line:  A tiny park whose main assets are shade and being fenced. Okay for little kids. 2/5 stars.

Worth Noting: Street parking on Culpeper.   A short path leads through the (poorly maintained) green space to Brandywine St.

The Review:

This park wasn’t even on my list to review, but since we were passing by one day, I decided to stop off and check it out with my three year old.

There really isn’t much to this park at all.  It features one small play structure and one bouncy see-saw type thing.   The main play structure has two small slides and a few other interactive features.

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As I said, the play equipment isn’t all that impressive (although it looks newish/well maintained).  The main highlights of this park are the  soft surface — some kind of pressed mulch that feels like rubber and doesn’t get into your shoes, the fact that it is fenced, and… it has SHADE.

It’s so hard to find a shady park, it was a treat to find this park was well shaded even as we approached noon.   Because there are so few amenities, I was only going to rate this park a “1 star”, but I feel like I have to give it two stars, for the shade and the fact that my 3 year old had an absolute blast playing here.

Another little fellow arrived soon after we did and the two boys had a great time running around together – putting out imaginary fires and shooting imaginary bad guys.    I guess it just goes to show that any park can be as fun as you make it.

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I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this park, but if you are in the area (perhaps stopping at McDonald’s?) and in need of shade, it would make a nice spot to run around for a bit.

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

3 Responses to Slater Park (22207)

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    Paul says:

    I think it’s hilarious that this park was rated so low by a mother for all of her requirements whereas her child seemed to give it 5 stars! Is this site supposed to be for adults who visit parks by themselves and want a great “adult park” experience or is it to tell people about what resources there are for kids?

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    Kristi says:

    I checked this park out this morning, and I give it 5 stars! I think how you rate it really depends on what your needs are. For a momma taking care of her 19-month-old triplets by herself during the day, this park is great. It’s completely fenced in, small enough that I can keep an eye on everybody at once, contains only age appropriate equipment for my triplets, and it is in a pretty and shady location with lots of trees. We also had it all to ourselves on a hot spring morning. Slater Park was an awesome find for us. 🙂

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      Kendra says:

      Kristi, I’m so glad it was a good find for you! We have so many “feature rich” parks in Arlington that this wasn’t even on my radar the day I visited, but I know what a valuable combination shade + fenced in + easy sightlines are. Glad it worked well for you and your crew!

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