There are several high-quality playgrounds and recreation centers within
walking distance of Burleith, and many more a short drive or bus ride away. Many
of these have recently been renovated.
Tot Lot - at the Corcoran School, 35th St near S St. Beautifully
renovated by the Corcoran in 2000, it includes a small but feature-packed metal
structure, swings, playhouse, sandbox. Suitable for children 5 years and
Volta Park Recreation Center - Volta Place at 33rd St. (0.5
mi.-walk/D2 bus). Volta Park is the site of the local public pool, has a popular
softball diamond, and is well cared-for by an enthusiastic "friends" group. A
fenced, mulched play area with both "younger" and "older" structures, monkey
bars, and sandbox, and an enclosed concrete area with picnic tables for toys.
Urban, crowded at times.
Guy Mason Recreation Center - Calvert St near Wisconsin Ave. (0.5
mi.-walk). Large new play area surrounded by grass, near Guy Mason recreation
center. Tall twisty slide, spring toys, lots of swings, big sandbox. Good place
for a picnic from Whole Foods or Rocklands.
Montrose Park - R St east of Dumbarton Oaks, down the rope walk. (1
mi.-walk/drive). Renovated in 2001, with all new equipment. Nearby is a
fun hedgerow labyrinth. Great lawn for running and woods for hiking.
Can be crowded at times.
Hardy Recreation Center - Q St and 45th St, west of Foxhall Rd. (0.75
mi.-drive/D4 bus). Renovation has added some new metal structures.
Palisades Park Recreation Center - off Sherrier Pl near Edmunds Pl, (2
mi.-drive/D4 bus). The most athletic playground, great for "basic training." Big
wooden structures, tall tube slide, walls to climb, monkey bars, poles to slide
down. Small but fun sandbox.
Friendship Recreation Center and Friendship Park (aka Turtle Park) - Van Ness St at 45th St, (2.5
mi.-drive). The most social playground; almost always crowded. Large fenced area
with a variety of activities, centering around a huge sandbox with turtle
statues. Wooden trains, play houses, lots of swings.
Macomb Recreation Center - Macomb St near 34th St. (1.5 mi.-drive).
Social, busy, not crowded except when daycare groups are there. Good place for
exercise. Lots of room (on three levels). Wooden, child-scale structures, a rope
climber, wooden train, creative toys to climb on. Soccer classes in the field
Stoddert Recreation Center - Calvert St at 40th St. (0.75
mi.-walk, D2 bus).
Currently being renovated and will open in a fantastic new facility in the Fall of 2010.
Mann School - Macomb St near New Mexico Ave, (1.75 mi.-drive). Near
Sutton Place Gourmet. Great for athletic kids. A huge tube slide goes down the
hill. Large area with 2 playgrounds; a child-size wooden structure for younger
kids and a modern metal structure for older kids. Not busy, except for soccer
Rose Park - P St at 26th St. (1.25 mi.-drive/D2 bus). One new
medium-size metal climber/slide, and a fenced area a little distance away with a
geodesic climber, sandbox, swings and animals. Very quiet.
Jelleff Community Center - 3265 S St, or directly behind the
Wisconsin Ave Safeway. Jelleff is a club with nominal dues
($25 annually in 2010) that offers a wide variety of athletic and enrichment activities for
children of all ages, from infants to teenagers. For more information call