Guest blog by Victoria Sananikone. Edited by VisitCBVA. Cover photo by Wendi Sumway via Facebook.
During the summer, many kids get bored throughout the day or are simply too attached to technology. A cure for these summer bummers can be as easy as a trip to a park or playground in Colonial Beach, Virginia. Many of these parks are perfect for family outings and can include activities such as playing on a playground, hiking, sports, picnics or a simple leisurely walk to enjoy the beauty that Colonial Beach has to offer. Here are a few of the parks that you’ll find around Town.
Torrey Smith Rec Park
Torrey Smith Rec Park is the newest addition to the Town’s park system. The facility was initiated by a generous financial contribution from Colonial Beach native Torrey Smith, wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, and land donation by Town officials. Local residents and the surrounding community, spurred by the tireless efforts of Smith’s former high school coach, Steve Swope, contributed additional funds to complete the park with two full-length basketball courts, two tennis/pickleball courts, a playground and a pavilion. A perfect place for families to enjoy a picnic and for kids to disconnect from their devices and enjoy fresh air and old fashioned fun.
Washington Avenue Park
Look to your right as pull into town and you’ll find Washington Avenue Park. Kids will have a blast playing on the swings and climbing the jungle gym that features a huge red slide. Parents can get refuge from the sun on the gazebo benches, and you can walk among the fresh flowers and produce in Colonial Beach Historical Society’s quaint community garden right next to the park.
Bay and river views abound in this park located on the Point. Featuring a jungle gym, see saws, slides and swings, it’s a quiet location where families can spend quality time together. Benches, picnic tables and restrooms complete the park.
Robin Grove Park
Located on the Point along Monroe Bay, Robin Grove Park lies under a canopy of trees. A small pavilion and picnic tables provide a place to relax. Slated to be a new dog park, pet waste stations were added at a recent groundbreaking ceremony.
If the kids get tired of building sand castles or romping in the water, swinging on the beach gives them another way to expend some energy! ‘Fly’ with the seagulls on this swing set located right on the beach of the mighty Potomac River.
Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Adults don’t have to miss out on the fun! Dockside Restaurant & Tiki Bar has swings for you, too. (There’s also a kids area.)