Walter Reed Community Center & Park2909 16th St. S.
Arlington, VA 22204
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Bottom Line: Nice small park geared for younger kids. However has no swings or slides and gets full sun. Bathrooms available in the Community Center is a plus. 3/5 stars
Walter Reed playground is a nice, playground (renovated in 2006) that should please the younger crowd. I like that it is adjacent to the Community Center which is open daily and thus has regular access available to bathrooms.
Conspicuously absent from the play equipment is any sign of swings, or even a traditional piece of play equipment with slides. Instead, the play equipment is more modern and abstract.
A new-to-me feature was this area featuring outdoor musical equipment — kids can make music by banging on the metallic equipment to create gong and drumlike sounds. My girl loved this feature.
There are also two rock formations with rope strung between them. However the rope is no longer taut, so the kids feet stayed on the ground when they walked, diminishing any tight-rope walking fantasies.
It seemed better suited for more pint-sized players.
The far end of the park features a teeter totter, spinning bucket, and play house of sorts. There is also a sailboat style piece of equipment that is supposed to spin but does not very easily.
There is also a nice sand area with clean white sand and a turtle sculpture. There were no sand toys left out to play with however, so you may want to BYO toys.
As you may be able to tell, the biggest issues with this park are the full sun (hardly any shade anywhere) and the lack of play equipment for older kids. It made a nice visit on a cool fall day, but I would not recommend it for hot weather.
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