Area Parks & Recreation
Fairfax County has an abundant supply of parks and recreation centers conveniently located in the Annandale area. These facilities can broadly be categorized as “RECenters” and “Parks.”
For specific information on all Parks and Recreation Centers in Fairfax County visit the Parks website at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/parks/.
Backlick Park, the county park closest to Elan Mews-Royal Court is actually adjacent to our community. While the address of the park is 4516 Backlick Road it can be accessed directly by way of three entrance points from the Royal Court side of our community.
The park is family friendly with a playground area surrounded by tree-shaded picnic tables and is handicap accessible. The play equipment has a ramp system which connects to the paved trail.
The 8-acre park has both paved trails with fitness equipment installed and dirt hiking trails. Other features include a horseshoe pit and a basketball court. Two well used year-round public tennis courts have lights available from the last Saturday in March through the 3rd Sunday in November.
Some of the other parks and recreation centers located near the Elan Mews–Royal Court community are:
Ossian Hall Park is located on Heritage Drive near the Annandale High School. Ossian Hall Park has lit softball fields and a soccer field, as well as paved hiking trails among other amenities.
Mason District Park. is a large multi-function park located at 6621 Columbia Pike just east of the Annandale Town Center. It has playing fields, a large natural area, a hiking trail, a play ground and a tot lot, tennis courts and a refreshment stand. During the summer months, Mason District hosts Arts in the Parks, a free children’s entertainment series held Saturday mornings, and the Spotlight by Starlight series. It also features a farmers market in the summer and an off-leash dog park.
Wakefield Park is a very large multi-function park and RECenter located on Braddock Road just outside the beltway. Wakefield has facilities that other local parks do not, for example, the Wakefield Skate Park offers a chance for people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the thrills and excitement of skateboarding, inline skating, and BMX biking on Freestyle and Competition courses.
Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park is approximately 76,000 square feet in size and houses a 50m pool with one 3m and two 1m diving boards. The indoor pool also contains spectator seating, doors that lead to a spacious outdoor sundeck, and locker rooms containing saunas and showers. In addition to the various racquetball/wallyball, and squash courts, the center has a large gymnasium with six basketball hoops, and volleyball nets. The center also contains a cycle studio, a dance room, a pottery lab and kiln, an arts and crafts room, three multi-purpose activity rooms, and a senior center. Members can also take advantage of more than 40 group fitness classes the center offers each week. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/moore/
Pinecrest Golf Course (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/golf/pinecrestgc/) has a 9-hole executive golf course and is located at the corner of Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road.
Lake Accotink Park’s 493 acres include a 55-acre lake, wetlands, and streams offering unique views of waterfowl and marsh life. (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lake-accotink/) Facilities and activities vary with the season and include bike rentals, canoe and pedal boat rentals, boat launch, tour boat rides, fishing, nine-green double-holed miniature golf course, antique carousel, snack bar, pavilion shelters and picnic areas with grills (some areas may be reserved, call 703-324-8732), restrooms, playground, sand volleyball court and basketball court. Situated along the Cross County Trail, the park has a four-mile loop, natural-surface hiking/biking trail.