A Pedestrian’s Perspective: From the Parkway to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Looking for a peaceful place to travel to get out of the house? All along the George Washington Parkway stretches a path  that goes  all the way to Washington DC. This distance is frequented by people going at their own pace – from the high speed bicyclist commuter to the power walking local. On the way there are places to picnic / barbeque, waters to fish, and open fields for recreation.

An often overlooked detour is available just before Old Town Alexandria. By taking a pedestrian path onto the Woodrow Wilson Bridge there is a path that hugs the road until arriving at the National Harbor.  It starts with a view of a graveyard. Then the panorama delivers a waterfront city skyline juxtapositioned with vehicles driving across the bridge.

Finally after passing the bridge there is a place to sit and enjoy the view, or continue to the National Harbor. Round trip its worth the effort.

Live near Jennie Dean Park in Arlington VA

Jennie Dean Park

Jennie Dean Park is situated at 3630 27th St. S Arlington, VA 22206. Found near Shirlington, the park is a part of the Arlington County Parks System.

Jennie Dean Parks accommodates a small picnic shelter, picnic tables, charcoal grills, two water fountains and restrooms. The picnic shelter may even be reserved for  events. It also has a playground for kids, 2 Baseball fields, 2 Tennis courts and 1 Basketball court. Tennis and Basketball courts are lighted.

Available By Permit:

  • 1 adult Baseball field with lights, dirt infield, bleachers and a dugout.
  • 1 youth Baseball field with lights, dirt infield, bleachers and a dugout.

Also available Without A permit is a large open green space for sports.

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Live near Alexandria’s Ben Brenman Park

Ben Brenman Park, situated at 5000 Duke St. Alexandria VA 22311 is near Cameron Station, the Greenhouse, Old Town and West End of Alexandria’s residents. One can find fountains and a gazebo in a grand pond at Ben Brenman Park.

The park is children friendly with a safe playground for them to enjoy. Along with a softball field, a Little League baseball field and a soccer field. Ben Brenman Park also has secured dog area, so pet owners can walk their dogs without any unavoidable incidents.

Ben Brenman Park is very convenient as there are restrooms available, pedestrian bridges and anyone can walk, stroll or jog. A picnic pavilion with grills is also available as well as an amphitheater.

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Quincy Park is an amenity of life in Arlington, Virginia

The greens of Quincy Park

Located at 1021 North Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia, Quincy Park is a recreational park that spans 4.21 acres that features tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts; as well as baseball, softball, and soccer fields. Quincy Park sits adjacent to Arlington’s Central Library and offers wide open spaces for walking and strolling as well as ample grounds for running and jogging.

Quincy Park amenities include public restrooms (which are accessible through the library), water fountains, a picnic shelter with picnic tables, bleachers, and charcoal grills. Quincy Park hosts 6 tennis courts and one basketball court which are equipped with lighting to facilitate play at dusk and throughout the early evening. Quincy Park usually offers adequate and convenient parking in the park’s public lot; although the parking lot is presently under construction and is therefore temporarily out of service. Park hours are from sunrise until 1/2 an hour after sunset except on lighted facilities. Both the volleyball court and the softball field must be reserved in advance for public use.

For more information regarding park facilities reservations

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Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources of Arlington County

Need something fun to do? Contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.  Arlington County has several facility centers that offer facility rental, picnic shelters, summer camps, senior adult activities,and much more.

For more information and park locations please contact:

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Suite 414

Arlington, VA 22201



Fort Scott Park Is a historic site

Fort Scott Park

Fort Scott Park is located south west of Crystal City not far from Pentagon City and Aurora Hills in Arlington VA. Fort Scott Park is one of several parks in Northern Virginia that were part of the defenses of Washington during the civil war.  The sign at the site reads:

Historical Site
Defenses of Washington 1861 – 1865
Fort Scott

Here stood a detached lunette constructed in May 1861 to guard the south flank of the defenses of Washington and named for General Winfield Scott, then General-in-chief of the army. It was subsequently relegated to an interior position by the construction of defenses of Alexandria about 1 3/4 miles to the West. The fort had a perimeter of 313 yards and emplacements for 8 guns. A remnant portion may be found immediately to the West.

Today, Fort Scott Park is more than 11 and a half acres of family-friendly fun that welcomes toddlers and children. Fort Scott Park features appealing playground equipment like a sandbox, a playhouse, and both baby and regular swings. The park has nice shade and picnic pavilions. The adjacent basketball court is a great place to let dad make some free throws.  The park also has tennis courts and softball fields.

Having fun at Fort Scott Park


Fort Scott Park
2800 South Fort Scott Drive,
Arlington, VA 22202

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Take a Break Near the Trails

Right alongside of the George Washington Parkway is a trail that runs parallel. Along the road nearby neighborhoods have outlets that connect to the trail. The trail has slopes, footbridges, and wide open fields. Along the way there are great places to participate in activities like fishing, picnicing, and ultimate frisbee.

The trail starts at the tip of Old Town Alexandria and goes until Mount Vernon. This is a great place to take a dog to and let him off the leash. Also this is a good place to go for a walk with the family. There are several public tables outside and BBQ pits ready for use.


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Surprising homes near Occoquan Regional Park

The Occoqan Regional Park is located in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County, right across from the Town of Occoquan. It’s located on the Occoquan River. It opened in 2008 making it 1 of 29 parks in the Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority. It has around 400 acres of recreational space. There are many different things to do there such as, hit the batting cage, have a picnic, get a snack at the snack bar in the marina, play your favorite sport on one of their athletic fields, etc. They also have a boat ramp and boat storage. Their hiking trail is 1.1 miles round trip and forms a loop. The trail is well maintained. Most say that the blue trail is a great running trail and is very well marked. Dogs are of course welcome in the park. Historic black kilns from the early 1900’s can be found on the property, reminding us of the women suffragists who demonstrated in front of the White House and were then imprisoned on the prison farm where these are found.

If you’re shopping for a home you might be surprised to learn just how affordable and pleasant some homes in Occoquan and near the park might be.

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Barcroft Park

Barcroft Park

Barcroft Park is 65 acres of highly-maintained family oriented recreational facilities. Barcroft supports a variety of sports and family activities.  Barcroft is the home for several baseball leagues as there are 5 baseball diamonds with bleachers here. Four of these fields are for youth; one is for one adults. There is a batting cage to support the baseball community.

Barcroft has a a lighted rectangular playing field for sports like soccer, football or rugby. This field has a synthetic surface, concession stand, restrooms, and goals. Other sports are also supported by:

  • a basketball court;
  • two new tennis courts (opened in 2007);
  • a volleyball court;
  • a handball court;
  • and horseshoe pit.

At this location, Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center has a gymnasium to support several indoor sports. The gymnasium has everything needed for a boxer to train. This includes a boxing room with speed and punching bags, sparring ring, and floor exercise area. The gym can also host basketball, floor hockey, and indoor soccer. On-site, there are a variety of classes such as

  • aerobics,
  • boxing/kick boxing,
  • and gymnastics.

For the benefit of picnickers and visitors the park has three water fountains, a rental picnic shelter, picnic tables, charcoal grills. There is also a paved path throughout the park to walk, jog or bike. That path has a bridge, and stream.

Hours for the park are sunrise to half hour after sunset except on lighted facilities. The facilities are open Tuesday, Thursday and weekends.

4200 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 228-0700

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Baseball field at Barcroft Park

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Riverside Camping at Riverbend Park

Families can enjoy camping and night hiking at Riverbend Park. Riverbend Park has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Trails include a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail linking national and regional parkland. Kayakers and canoeists can enjoy exploring many islands in the Potomac River. Serious anglers and families can bring a boat or fish from the shady riverbank. Nature highlights include spectacular river views, beautiful wildflowers and birds.

Facilities include a visitor center with snack bar, gift shop, exhibits and riverside picnic area. The park also has a nature center which is available for rent.

Camping will began at 6 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday on May 15th. Bring your camping gear, toasting sticks and a dinner to cook on toasting sticks. S’mores and a light breakfast are provided. The cost is $45 per family. To register, call 703-759-9018.

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