by Liz Jones | June 5, 2018 10:52 am
Clemyjontri Park is a Northern Virginia favorite! Named after the park donor’s four children; Carolyn (Cl), Emily (emy), John (jon) and Patrina (tri), the 2+ acre all-inclusive, adaptive playground consists of 4 outdoor “rooms” surrounding a centerpiece carousel: The Rainbow Room, The Schoolhouse & Maze, The Movin’ and Groovin’ Transportation Area, and Fitness & Fun.
In addition to a ton of climb on structures for all ages and abilities, the rubber surfacing is stroller- and wagon-friendly, there are plenty of shaded areas to sit, there are picnic tables (some could be reserved for private use), on-site bathrooms, two vending machines with drinks, and much more.
Parking is tough on nice days, but there is a spill-over lot across the street. Although a totally fun playground, Clemyjontri is large and not 100% fenced. Inevitably you will see a mother frantically searching for a lost little one. I combat this issue by making my kids wear matching, bright shirts. There aren’t many convenience stores on the way, so your best bet for drinks or snacks is to hit McLean off Rt. 123 or bring your own picnic.
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Clemyjontri Park features a carousel in service during select days and times, as well as the Resource Railroad Train (both seasonal with the exception of special events):
Just one of the many reasons to visit Clemyjontri Park, their fully-accessible carousel features chariots, a spinning teacup, and 14 prancing steeds. Recessed to ground level so that it is accessible for wheelchairs, the carousel fulfills the vision of Clemyjontri: where children who use wheelchairs, walkers, or braces — or who have sensory or developmental disabilities — can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration.
The train will take children and adults on a ride around the park following the bike trail located near the playground area. Riders can enjoy views of the natural park environment, the colorful playground, and the house that was home to Adele Lebowitz, who donated the 18.6-acre property to the Fairfax County Park Authority in 1997. The trackless train is fee-based and will run select weekend while school is running, and select weekdays during the summer.
Clemyjontri is located at 6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA. See a full playground map here and more about some of its unique features.
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