CLEMYJONTRI PARK is a HUGE playground in McLean, VA. It features a unique playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. This park is a place 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.

To the casual observer, the playground at Clemyjontri Park (The name CLEMYJONTRI is derived from the donor’s four children: Carolyn (CL), Emily (EMY), John (Jon), and Petrina (Tri), looks like an ordinary playground, with swings, slides and play equipment fun to climb on, under and around. A closer look will reveal that some of those swings have high backs for children who need extra support. Instead of standard transfer platforms there are ramps to the elevated play components. Pathways between equipment are wide and colorful, and the ground surfaces are non-slip and porous designed to provide a greater level of access for children.

The Liberty Swing allows children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing in the park. It is the only swing of its type that is fully lockable and allows a maximum swing height – that is, really swinging, not just rocking back and forth.

There is something for everyone – children will be able to find something to climb on, touch, read, do or create. Children will enjoy the challenges of balance and depth perception on the playground’s balance beams. A mini-track can be used to race, playhouses and cubbies offer pleasant spaces for social interaction while also allowing children seeking quiet or separate areas to play in smaller groups.

Tent sails provide areas of shade in the playground and benches are located throughout the play area. Just north of the playground is an asphalt trail that connects to site perimeter trails which will eventually encircle the park during future development.

The Two Acre Playground Consists of 4 Outdoor “Rooms” surrounding a centerpiece carousel. The carousel ($FEE) is recessed to ground level so that it is accessible for wheelchairs, allowing children to transfer to the tea cup. The chariot is designed to allow for transfer to a seated position or to remain seated in the wheelchair. Picnic pavilions are available for reservations. There is also a restroom on site.

The Rainbow area with a rainbow archway, surface with colors of the rainbow and a variety of swings accommodates all physical levels, integrates sign, Braille, pictures and language, and teaches colors of the rainbow.

The Schoolhouse & Maze with learning panels forming a maze that may be reconfigured, focuses on educational learning games, teaches where am I reading, maps and a globe, and teaches what time it is using time zones and clocks.

The Movin’ and Groovin’ Transportation Ares was designed with transportation themed equipment such as a race track, motorcycles, planes, and trains. It stimulates imagination, teaches balance, and special skills, and mimics true roadway situations.

Fitness & Fun area includes the largest piece of play equipment along with various jungle gym components, stimulates imagination, and provides progressive challenges for physical strength, burns energy, and builds confidence.

Clemyjontri is a massive playground and certainly worth a visit. However, it will certainly keep you on your toes watching your little ones, best advise is to go with another adult to help watch the kids, especially for those with more than one child.

Pack a lunch and have fun!

Information provide by Fairfax County Park Authority.

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