If you're headed to the Rosslyn Jazz Fest on Saturday, don't forget that Gateway Park also happens to be home to the largest sandbox in Arlington County. The sandbox is near the western edge of Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, closest to the intersection of Lee Highway and N. Nash St. From the eastern edge of the park, where the performers will be, you can access the sandbox by walking across the raised pedestrian bridge that connects both halves the park. If you aren't sure, ask a Rosslyn BID ambassador (the ones in the purple shirts) or a staff member wearing a "Rosslyn Jazz Fest" T-shirt for help!
The large round sandbox has two levels. It's been stocked with pails, shovels and other communal toys. There is ample, comfortable seating for caregivers as well. Although there will be plenty of activity in the park that to keep kids happy and occupied throughout the day, remember that the sandbox is a quieter alternative if your kids need a break from the action.
Created by the Rosslyn BID from a disused fountain on the western edge of Gateway Park, the sandbox premiered two years ago at Jazz Fest. The old fountain walls are painted with lively scenes by local artists Evelyn Powers, Patrick Kirwin and junior designer Emily Krause. Dozens of stone animals — from bunnies to turtles to frogs — are part of the scene.
Related Destination: Gateway Park