Great news, parents and babysitters! The Sandbox at Gateway Park is open for the season. Staff from Arlington Parks and Recreation recently cleaned and opened the largest sandbox in Arlington County for the spring and summer. It's a terrific option for anyone looking for a fun and safe place for kids to play.
The sandbox is near the western edge of Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, closest to the intersection of Lee Highway and N. Nash St. Ample street parking is available nearby on N. Nash St. or in a small public parking lot on the corner of N. Nash St. and Lee Highway, which offers four-hour meters. The park has public restrooms available.
The large round sandbox has two levels. There is ample, comfortable seating for caregivers as well.
After playtime is over, don't miss the chance to check out some nearby dining options, including Continental, a fun nearby restaurant that is open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch. They have great burgers, sandwiches and kid-friendly favorites such as mac-n-cheese wedges, mini sliders, grilled cheese and chicken tenders.
Created by the Rosslyn BID from a disused fountain on the western edge of Gateway Park, The Sandbox premiered in September 2015 at the annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival. 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.