Outdoor Volleyball is Fun in Old Town

Old Town Alexandria has several parks next to the water. During the summer time pick up volleyball games happen often. Along Union St. there are parks that have a dog park, trails, a basketball court, a playground, and plenty of green grass . These parks are a great resource within walking distance of several neighborhoods.

Condominiums near the volleyball courts include Alexandria House and Port Royal and Old Town Commons. Old Town is a very walkable area. Grocery stores in the area include Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.The nearest metro to the parks is King Street metro station.

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Live near the parks of Alexandria

Brookvalley Park is located in the city of Alexandria. Within walking distance there is the Foxchase shopping center. Brookvalley Park has plenty of trails and fields. Brookvalley offers great park amenities close to several housing developments.

Brookvalley Park services nearby communities including: the Plaza, Seminary Hill, Van Dorn, Cameron Station, West End Alexandria, and Forty Six Hundred condominiums. Brookvalley Park is located off of Duke St. Duke St. is a high traffic road lined with shopping centers and many businesses. Living near a park is great for dog owners as well as people just looking for some fresh air.


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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Escape to Harbor Terrace

Harbor Terrace covered in snow.

Harbor Terrace condos is located in Old Town Alexandria and provides the perfect escape for city living after a long day’s work.  It’s easy to access and it offers plenty of access for commuters who need reliable ways for transportation.  On the other hand, there are many companies that are based in Old Town so your commute may be as simple as a brisk walk. 

 Harbor Terrace is a nice condominium complex that has a lot to offer its residents who are looking for the perfect place to settle down.  These condos feature lofts complete with a washer and dryer.  The summer months can be filled with fun in the sun with outdoor barbecue grills available to residents.  You can also take advantage of the community pavillion. 

The community is in close proximity to Mount Vernon Bike Trail and welcomes residents with pets.  You have access to parking on the street and you can feel safe knowing that the building has a secure entry system.  No matter what your looking for in a condominium, Harbor Terrace has a lot of what need and more.

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Something for Everyone: Bull Run Park

Bull Run Regional Park is located in Centreville, Virginia and is a great place for family outings, group meetings, and organized events. The venue includes several great services including a water park and several hiking trails.

For those seeking a nice, quiet weekend out, Bull Run offers picnic table shelters and large grassy fields for recreations. This is great place to bring your pets who will have plenty of room to run around, or your children who will have a great time playing frisbee or tossing around a football. The park also offers several marked hiking trails that include several scenic paths through the park. Feel free to bring your horse: the park also provides several equestrian trails! Bull Run is known for it’s picturesque and aesthetically pleasing foliage and plant life.

There is also a water park known as Atlantis for children to enjoy over the summer. Similar to parks such as Splashdown, the park offers birth party hosting and has multiple pools, a water cannon, a play island with three slides, and closed/opened water slides along with swimming aquatic classes in group, private, and semi-private settings.

The park also offers several community events such as group nature walks and bird observation trails. This April, they are hosting a Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-8. (info online at www.nvrpa.org/park/bull_run). There will be crafts, activities such as games and prizes, an egg hunt, and of course an Easter Bunny. The park is located on 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121.


The Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center

Baseball field at Barcroft Park

The Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center offers the entire family with a selection of fitness programs that they can participate in with its amenities.

Facilities of the Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center:

  • Fitness Room
  • 1 Basketball Court
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • 5 Baseball Fields
  • Volleyball Court
  • Handball Court
  • Paved Trails
  • 2 Playgrounds
  • Wellness Studio
  • Multi-purpose Gymnasium
  • Gymnastics Area
  • Boxing Area
  • Lockers
  • Showers
  • Changing Rooms
  • Observation Deck
  • Towel Service

The Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center offers membership programs as well as drop in programs.

The Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center Playgroup (Children of ages 5 and below)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am to 12noon
Fee: $3.00/day for adults (Free for members)

Open Gym for Teens
Monday to Friday: 3pm to 6pm
Monday and Friday: Soccer
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Basketball

The Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8am to 10:30pm
Friday: 8am to 9pm
Saturday: 8am to 8pm
Sunday: 11am to 9pm

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center
4200 S. Four Mile Run
Arlington VA 22206
Contact Number: 703 228 0701

Leesylvania State Park Nature Filled and Historical

Located at 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive in Woodbridge VA 22191, Leesylvania State Park opened its 542 acres of land in 1992, being surrounded by the Potomac River, Powells Creek and Neabsco Creek. Situated in the South Eastern area of Prince William County is just 25 miles away from Washington DC and Fredericksburg.

With the history of Leesylvania State Park on ‘Freestone Point’ referring to the sandstone used for building by early settlers, the land itself was a section of the Leesylvania Plantation. Robert E. Lee’s father Colonel Henry Lee III or ‘Light Horse Harry’ was raised on the land. Although the residence was burned down somewhat in the 18th Century, their family gravesite remains intact.

Activities offered:

  • Camping: Group camping is permitted and only small tents are allowed on the campground.
  • Trails: With 5 trails suited for hiking with scenic nature and historical filled ambiance, hikers can also enjoy viewing the Potomac as well as the remains of a Civil War Confederate gun battery.
  • Fishing: Angling is abundant with largemouth bass, catfish, perch and striped bass as long as Anglers have a Maryland or Virginia freshwater fishing license.
  • Swimming: Swimming is not allowed because of the boat activities, but with the half mile of sand beach on the Potomac River, visitors can enjoy wading, walking or simply sunning on the shore.
  • Picnics: 1 open area and 4 large picnic shelters are available through reservations.
  • Visitor Center: Historical and Nature displays are showcased at the Center along with a gift shop and education on environment programs are held.
  • Snack Bar: An array of snacks of sandwiches, pizza, ice cream, drinks are available here, including souvenirs, groceries, gas, bait and tackle and the like.

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Hidden Pond Nature Center Is An Educational Place for Everyone

With a small park for leisurely strolls around a pond and through the woods, Hidden Pond Nature Center can be found at the end of a residential street in the Kenwood Oaks Community of Springfield in the Fairfax County.

25 acres of Hidden Park is ruled over by larger neighboring parks such as Burke Lake Park with 880 acres and Pohick Stream Valley Park with 700 acres.

The Hidden Park is acres of undisturbed woodland, tranquil trails, bubbling streams and an acre pond along with a new 2,000 foot trail and bridge that connects to Pohick Stream Valley Park. A lighted tennis court and a children’s play area can be enjoyed.

Hidden Pond Nature Center is special because of its wide variety of educational activities and programs provided throughout the whole year for school children and community organizations or work. The programs and activities held are connected by Fairfax County Public Schools that meet the local science standard of learning helping teachers in their lessons. The Center also features live displays and exhibits that teach about the natural world of Fairfax County. Books and other items are also sold for nature lovers.

Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd in Springfield VA 22152. Form ore information about their programs and activities you can contact 703-451-9588.