Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Take advantage of 1,145 acres of park and open space set aside for enjoyment of Arlington's natural beauty. Most parks are alongside the Four Mile Run bike trails and Potomac River drainages, providing a play area and spectacular view of Washington. Be sure to explore and find your own favorite tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds and picnic and hiking areas. For problems, call the 24-hour Maintenance Hotline at 703-228-3951. Information about any of the parks, swimming pools, nature centers or recreation centers can be accessed at To make reservations call 703-228-4747

<ro>Parks with Picnic Pavilions


4100 Four Mile Run Drive

Features: Nature area, multi-use community fields, playgrounds, tennis and handball courts, paved trail, bridge, bike racks

Picnic Areas: Grills, water fountain, restroom, one public picnic shelter and one rental picnic shelter

Shelter Capacities: 18-50 and 90-250

Rental Rates: $100/day


329 N. Manchester St.

Features: Paved trail, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, public fields, playgrounds, frisbee golf course, Ranger's station

Picnic Areas: Grills, water fountain, restroom, and one shelter with electricity

Shelter Capacity: 130-150 people

Rental Rates: $100/day

Bon Air

850 N. Lexington St.

Features: Multi-use field, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, nature area, Memorial Rose Garden

Picnic Areas: Grills, water fountain, handicap-accessible restroom and one shelter

Shelter Capacity: 135-250 people

Rental Rates: $100/day


301 S. Harrison St.

Features: Dog Exercise area, bridge, stream, fishing area, nature area, playground, information kiosk, amphitheater, Long Branch Nature Center

Picnic Areas: Grills, water fountains, handicap-accessible restroom and two shelters

Shelter Capacity: 100-150 people and 100-250; shelter #2 is wheelchair accessible

Rental Rates: $100/day

Lacey Woods

North George Mason Drive and Washington Blvd.

Features: Multi-use field, playgrounds, basketball court, paved trail, nature area

Picnic Area: Grills, water fountains, restrooms and one shelter

Capacity: 100 people

Rental Rates: $100/day

Lubber Run

North Columbus and Second Streets

Features: Multi-use field, paved trail, volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, paved trail, stream, nature area, gazebo, fire ring

Picnic Area: Grills, water fountains, restroom, and one shelter

Capacity: 100-250 people

Rental Rates: $100/day

Reserve these pavilions by contacting the Lubber Run Center, 300 N. Park Drive, 703-228-4747 (voice) or 703-228-4743 (TTY).

Powhatan Springs (scheduled opening fall 2004)

6020 Wilson Blvd.

Features: Youth-sized athletic field for soccer and lacrosse, skatepark for skateboards and in-line skates, children's interactive nature area, interpretive trails and other amenities.

<ro>Community Swimming Pools

<lst>Wakefield Pool

4901 S. Chesterfield Road

Arlington, VA 22206


Monday-Friday: Early Bird 5:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.; Mid-Day Laps Noon-1:30 p.m.; Evening Swim 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Saturday: Laps Only 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Community Swim 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; Free Youth Swim 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday: Community Swim 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Free Seniors Swim 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Washington-Lee Pool

1300 N. Quincy St.

Arlington, VA 22201


Monday-Friday: Early Bird 5:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.; Mid-Day Laps 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Evening Swim 5:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Saturday: Laps Only 6:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Community Swim 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.; Free Youth Swim 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday: Community Swim 1:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Free Seniors Swim Noon-1:30 p.m.

Yorktown Pool

5201 N. 28th St.

Arlington, VA 22207


Monday-Friday: Early Bird 5:15 a.m.-8:00 a.m.; Mid-Day Laps 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Evening Swim 5:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Saturday: Community Swim: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Free Youth Swim 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sunday: Community Swim: 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Free Seniors Swim 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

<ro>Nature Centers

<lst>Gulf Branch Nature Center

3608 N. Military Road


Educational activities for all ages. Check out the live animal exhibits, see what's swimming in the pond, visit the restored log cabin, and explore the children's Discovery Room.

Open Sunday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Long Branch Nature Center

625 S. Carlin Springs Road


Find out about the environment with trail hikes, lectures, campfire programs and slide talks. Have fun while learning with the live animal exhibits, outdoor ponds and woody trails. The Center is fully wheelchair-accessible and is adjacent to many accessible trails. Centers offer programs for adults and children. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The TTY number for each is 703-228-4743.

<ro>Recreation Centers

<lst>Arlington Mill

4975 Columbia Pike

Arlington, VA 22204


Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Features Basketball Courts (outdoor), Meeting Room (capacity 25), Multi-purpose Room (capacity 250 sitting), Game Room, Computer Room, Pre-school Room, Pre-school Playground, Outdoor Deck

Aurora Hills

735 S. 18 St.

Arlington, VA 22202


Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Features outdoor tennis courts, meeting room (capacity 60), multi purpose room (capacity 155), playgrounds and a picnic shelter.

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center

4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive

Arlington, VA 22206


Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Features multiple outdoor baseball and softball fields, two gyms (one for multi-sports and a smaller gymnastics facility), boxing ring and weight training and aerobics rooms.


1415 S. Queen St.

Arlington, VA 22204

703-228-5706 (Main)

703-228-5700 (Senior Center)

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: 1-6 p.m.

Senior Center Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Features outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts (lighted), soccer field, meeting Room (capacity 25), multi-purpose room (capacity 125), game room, gymnasium and small weight room.

Charles Drew

3500 24th St.

Arlington, VA 22206


Monday-Friday: 3 p.m.-9 p.m.

Wednesday: 1-9 p.m.

Saturday: Noon-5 p.m. (as of December 2004)

Features multi-purpose room (capacity 80), gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts and rectangular field.

Dawson Terrace

2133 N. Taft St.

Arlington, VA 22201

703-522-6767 (Main)

703-228-6300 (Senior Center)

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; from 7-9 p.m. open for senior adults and classes only.

Features outdoor basketball courts, meeting room (capacity 15), multi-purpose room (capacity 100) and playground.


3308 S. Stafford St.

Arlington ,VA 22207


Monday- Friday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Features seven meeting rooms (capacity 50 each), multi-purpose room (350 person capacity), art studio, gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, rectangular field, playground, picnic shelter and fitness trail.


2700 S. Lang St.

Arlington, VA 22206


Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: Noon-6 p.m.

Features 3 meeting rooms (capacity 12 and capacity 30), multi-purpose room (capacity 100), game room, art studio, gymnasium, fitness center, playground, picnic shelter, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts, base/softball diamond and soccer field.


1810 N. Edison St.

Arlington, VA 22207

703-228-5210 (Main)

703-228-4839 (Senior Center)

Monday and Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Features meeting room (capacity 30), multi-purpose room (capacity 125) and game room.


5722 Lee Highway

Arlington, VA 22207

703-228-0550 (Main)

703-228-0555 (Senior)

Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Senior Center Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Features meeting room (capacity 50), multi-purpose room, game room, art studios (print and pottery), gymnasium, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, base/softball diamond and soccer field.

Lubber Run

300 N. Park Drive

Arlington, VA 22203


Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. when classes are in session

Features three meeting rooms (capacity 15-40), multi-purpose room (capacity 100), game room, playground, picnic shelter, outdoor basketball courts and volleyball courts.


3829 N. Stafford St.

Arlington, VA 22207

703-228-5311 (Main)

703-228-5285 (Senior Center)

Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Senior Center Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Features multi-purpose room (capacity 200), game room, dance studio, gymnasium, fitness room, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts and soccer field.

Thomas Jefferson

3501 S. Second St.

Arlington, VA 22204


Monday-Friday: 6:25 a.m.-9:50 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m.-5:50 p.m. (September to May only)

Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (January to March only)

Features meeting room (capacity 50), game room, pottery studios, photography, jewelry and wood working, gymnasium, indoor track, playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts, outdoor tennis courts (lighted), fitness trail, soccer field and par course.

Walter Reed

2909 S. 16th St.

Arlington, VA 22204

703-228-5718 (Main)

703-228-5726 (Senior Center)

Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Features meeting room (capacity 50), multi-purpose room (capacity 150), game room, playground, picnic area, outdoor basketball courts and outdoor tennis courts (lighted).

<ro>Bike Trails

<lst>Arlington County has 36 miles of paved bike routes, offering both level stretches and challenging hills, as well as trails along streams through woodland and parks in natural settings. Bike tours include the East Falls Church/Westover Tour, the Potomac Overlook Tour, the Heart of Arlington Tour, the Lubber Run/Barcroft Tour, the Arlington Ridge/Aurora Highlands Tour, the Grand Tour of Arlington and the Arlington History Bicycle Tour. To obtain a printed copy of Arlington's bike trails, call 703-228-3681 or visit