**for the playground use this entrance for easiest parking: Margaret and Green Oaks Blvd
My husband and I love watching the show Treehouse Master’s on Animal Planet. They create amazing treehouse spaces for people to enjoy. Although the play area is not made of wood like the show, the playground at River Legacy Park is an amazing treehouse, but playground style! Located in Arlington inside of the amazing River Legacy Park, the playground is a great time for kids of all ages.
First off, River Legacy Park is not just a playground.
“River Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3), was formed as a unique public/private partnership with the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department in 1988. The Foundation was started by a group of visionary citizens who saw the potential of a premier park in land donated to the city by descendants of the Gibbins family” www.riverlegacy.org
According to www.RiverLegacy.Org the amenities available include:
From the list above, it is obvious this park is outdoor paradise, but the specific goal for our trip was the playground. When we arrived at River Legacy Park, we originally pulled into the wrong entrance that was NO WHERE close to the playground (but did have hiking trails we enjoyed for a bit). Turns out there are three different places to enter the park, so be sure you take the one at Margaret and Green Oaks for easiest access to the playground.
After entering, follow the signs for the playground and pavilion area to parking. You will pass an awesome free science center tucked back into the woods, River Legacy Science Center (review coming soon!) Our goal was strictly the playground, but your family could definitely spend an entire day at this Arlington park. Next time, I will pack a picnic lunch and explore a little longer (we love this picnic blanket).
There are three different playground options within a large, open area. Older kids will be able to easily run between structures, but with smaller kids, a stroller could be useful. We stayed primarily at the TreeHouse playground because it was of most interest to my girls. In other words, they could barely wait to get out of the car and climb all over this playground!
A few distinct areas exist in the TreeHouse area: playscape for (recommended age) 2-5-year-olds, one for (recommended age) 5-12-year-olds, a huge dinosaur bones crawler in between, a netted climbing structure shaped like a spider, and swings. Climbing and sliding on the smaller structure was pretty exciting for my kids, and the larger structure is even better. Slides that spin, nooks for kids to rest in the shade and tree like details all around make kids really feel like they are climbing through trees.
Each of the playspaces are made to look like trees, but more than that, the netted climbing tunnels actually go around and through real trees!
The pavilion near the area is also pretty fantastic. This looks like a fabulous place for a party or family event! While we visited, a few classes from the local school were eating lunch.
The Treehouse playground was so much fun for my girls, and I hope you and your family enjoy it as well.
Your Out and About Friend,
Looking for another park to try in Arlington? Visit Arlington Parks’s www.Naturallyfun.org and look at all their parks department has to offer!
Time and Day Visited: Monday around 10:00 am
Indoor or outdoor: Outdoor
Age appropriate level(s): 0-12 for the playground, but every age can find something to enjoy
Parking: Adjacent to the Treehouse structure
Cleanliness of park: Excellent
Changing Table: Yes
Pavilion: Yes, available to reserve: Pavilions – reserve by calling 817.459.5473
Shade: Some tree coverage and under the pavilion
Condition of equipment: Excellent
Swings: Baby swings, regular swings, fully accessible, saucer swings and a zip line
Fenced in or open: Fenced in
Good for parties? Yes
What should I bring with me? During the summer months there is a splash pad as well as a large water feature (around the dragon statue) so make sure you come prepared with swim clothing and water shoes (or just a change of clothes). Additionally, the sand pit can get muddy with the water feature nearby as well.
Other: Bring sand/water toys for the sand pit if you have a sand lover! Be aware that this park is next to several baseball fields so during baseball season the parking lot, bathrooms and general space can become quite busy.