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Springfield's Playground

Lake Accotink Park offers a green oasis for local residents.

Take a spin on an old fashioned carousel, hike or bike along a wooded trail or grill some burgers for a family barbecue. Those are just some of the activities that one can do at Lake Accotink Park in Springfield.

Lake Accotink itself is a sprawling 55-acre lake that includes wetlands and marsh life. Depending on the season, visitors are able to rent canoes or paddle boats for $5 an hour to take out on the lake. Fishing is also a popular past time at the park. “Twice a year we stock the lake with Rainbow Trout,” said Accotink employee Michael Sollosi of Springfield. In order to fish, one must carry a valid Virginia Fishing License and limit their catch to six fish.

The most popular activity is renting out boats and canoes. However, the park is currently undergoing some construction to repair damage on the dam. Until the work is finished, boat and canoe rentals are closed. Work is expected to be completed in late August to early September.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lake Accotink Park. It has remained a family oriented park for outdoor lovers.

“The atmosphere is very friendly and laid-back,” said Accotink employee Amy Pardue of Lorton.

Community members frequently rent out picnic areas for parties, reunions and barbecues.

“I bring my family up here all the time to do cookouts and go out on the lake. It’s a great little oasis for the community,” said Roy Andrews of Springfield who has been coming to Lake Accotink for more than 10 years.

Lake Accotink is not just human-friendly, but pet oriented as well. Accotink offers several programs that are geared towards pets, such as Dog Talent Shows, Training and Canine Cruises.

Along with the Marina, Accotink includes a 3.75 mile hiking and biking trail, mini golf and an antique carousel that is popular for children who may ride it for $1.50.

“We may not have as many amenities as other parks, said Sollosi. “But it’s a great environment.”

Admission to Lake Accotink Park is free. The park is open year round from 7 a.m. to dusk. For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/accotink/ or call 703-569-0285.