The Equipment Two large pieces of equipment, one geared for younger kids (with 3 small slides and a tunnel to climb through) and one geared for older kids (with 2 large slides, monkey bars, and climbing structures). There is a large swing set with 8 swings – 2 bucket swings, 4 regular swings (2 flat and 2 curved), and 2 adaptive swings. There is also a large freestanding rock wall, a large musical instrument set, and several free standing play items. The Scene Stafford Drive Park is a gem in the middle of Fairfax City. It’s a barrier-free playground and the larger piece of equipment has a large ramp that is wheelchair accessible. The playground is covered with a rubberized surface that is almost bouncy. Because there is no dirt or wood chips, it’s a great choice for the day after it’s rained, since there is no chance of mud (and without the dirt, the playground equipment is always clean). The playground is surrounded by benches, and there is a water fountain and trash and recycling cans on the playground as well. There is a large parking lot available, though there is a huge artificial turf soccer field in between the lot and the playground. Many families instead choose to park behind the Outback Steakhouse on Route 29 which is much closer. There are walking paths around the soccer field as well as paths that continue to other parts of Fairfax City. On the weekends there are almost always soccer games being played (which we like to watch), but on weekday mornings the field is usually open for kids to play on. One downside is that there is no shade, so it gets very hot in the middle of the summer, but is nice for spring and fall when there is a chill in the air. Age Recommendation Stafford Drive Park appeals to kids of all ages. There are activities for little ones as well as the much older kids. Restrooms Bathrooms are available next to the parking lot. Review and photos by Mara Surridge.

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