Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Clemyjontri Park

We planned on visiting my brother and some friends last weekend; since our rendezvous was late, we used the day to visit a new park.  Clemyjontri park is nestled in Fairfax, Virginia--and it is a gem of an accessible park!

We got there at about 2pm, which is normally Vivian's naptime.  It was warm, and there was no breeze.  The kids had been in the car for a few hours, and needed some exercise.

They have a huge carousel!

Elena's first stop at the playground

Viv and Dad riding

The climbing/play structures are wonderful.  Ramps galore, small steps, supportive swings, low-level bars, you name it--this park has it.

Walkin' around the vehicle section

going to the playground

Besides the carousel, Elena's favorite parts were exploring the jungle gyms, and using monkey bars that she could reach.

One type of monkey bar

Elena's favorite type of monkey bar

Rings!

Big hopscotch outside the kid maze

tire swinging with a new friend

Rockers

Elena was the only person I saw with an obvious physical disability for about an hour.  Then we saw a girl in a little purple power chair, on a "racing track" with some other kids.  She'd drive (fast, I might add) and the kids would race her in their "lanes".  Pretty adorable!

Everyone loved The Bus!

seriously, tons of kids piled on after this picture

"This is the AWESOMEST park EVER!"

Last carousel ride

Unfortunately, the heat got the best of us.  Elena used to totally wilt in the sun...she made a lot of progress with her outdoor endurance and heat tolerance last year, which was our first real year doing anything outside.  Still, without a breeze, the sun exposure was a bit much.  I figured she would last a little over an hour, which was just about right.  We'll definitely be back here--but we'll have to wait until the summer months are over, I guess.

1 comment:

Sue Styles said...

I am totally with you on playgrounds that are accessible for all kids, and feeling proud and happy when you see your child using a playground successfully. It is such an important part of childhood, and something too many parents take for granted.