Van Dyck Park3720 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Bottom Line: Fun playground in a great park with plenty to do. Skate park, volleyball courts, tennis courts, walking/biking trails and more. Port-a-potty on site and bathrooms nearby. 5/5 stars
Adam and I stopped by to check out Van Dyck Park in the city of Fairfax one spring day. What a lovely fun find it was! The park is large, with many features and the playground area itself is also a lot of fun.
It is segmented into two mulched areas. The first section contains a play structure for younger kids (ages 2-5) and 4 swings — two regular and two bucket swings. This part of the park sits in full sun.
The second area is also set in mulch and has several different components.
Rock Climbing Wall
This was a favorite — it is big, turns well and we spent a lot of time spinning, trying not to fall off.
Play Structure — this one seems geared for older kids, as evidenced by the higher monkey bars.
If you grab and swing, it will spin you around.
Fire Truck and several Rocker/Spring Seats — a duck, horse, panda, and dog.
A Standalone Slide.
This area was popular with everyone but my kid. It took me a while to snap a picture because it was always full, but I couldn’t convince Adam to play there and I didn’t want to come across as the creepy lady with a camera at the park.
There was a basketball court right next to the playground, which made a great area for riding bikes. There is also a paved path that runs through the playground and also around the rest of the park. The fact that the playground area was so flat and had great visibility made it a great place to ride bikes.
Adjacent to the playground area is a skate park. I’ve heard it’s fun to watch skaters but it was empty while we were there.
There are three volleyball courts near the playground. There are also tennis courts further back in the park.
There are lots of picnic tables, grills, and a covered pavilion area.
The park has lots of open green space for running around, as well as a paved path that seems to circuit around the park.
There are three port-a-potty’s near the playground. They were clean and seemed well maintained.
The playground is right next to the Sherwood Community Center, and the City of Fairfax Police Station.
Overall, we had a great time and spent quite a while at the park. On a hot summer day, parts of the park would be too sunny, but other parts got decent shade. Van Dyck Park would make a great destination for families with kids of all ages.
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