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Great outdoors: The 4 best playgrounds in Arlington

Great outdoors: The 4 best playgrounds in Arlington
Quincy Park. | Photo: Frank Q./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on September 19, 2018.

In search of the best playgrounds for children?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top playgrounds in Arlington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to go when your kids need to burn off some energy. 

1. Rocky Run Park

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Topping the list is Rocky Run Park. One playground for older kids includes a large slide, climbing nets and swings. Another designed for younger ones has smaller swings, spring riders and a sandbox. There are also basketball and soccer fields, plus on-site bathrooms. Located at 1109 N. Barton St. in Clarendon, it is the highest-rated playground in Arlington, boasting 4.5 stars out of 27 reviews on Yelp.

2. Virginia Highlands Park

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Next up is Virginia Highlands Park, situated at 1600 S. Hayes St. With tennis courts and soccer and baseball fields, it's a favorite of sports enthusiasts. There are also two playgrounds with swings and a sandbox, and in summertime, there is a fun and refreshing "sprayground." With 4.5 stars out of 25 reviews on Yelp, the park has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Fort Barnard Park

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Next, Fort Barnard Park in Nauck is another go-to, with four stars out of 20 Yelp reviews. The playground features fort-themed play equipment, with many obstacles and a large slide. There are also numerous swings and a hopscotch area. The playground abuts a larger area containing a baseball diamond, basketball court and an unfenced dog park. Head over to 2101 S. Pollard St. to see for yourself.

4. Quincy Park

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Finally, there's Quincy Park, a Virginia Square favorite with four stars out of 17 reviews. A newer universally designed playground is available for all ages and physical abilities. It incorporates a wheelchair ramp to reach the top of the slide area, soft surfaces, Braille signage and lots of play features. For adults, there's a sand volleyball court, tennis courts and a basketball court. Stop by 1021 N. Quincy St. to hit it up next time you're in a playful mood.