Palisades Rec Center and Playground - Palisades, DC
Tucked in the neighborhood of the Palisades, this wonderful Potomac-themed playground is really fun! There are a variety of climbing structures for big kids, plus slides, a few swings, and other little kid areas to explore. There are some nice large trees and a shade structure which helps on hot summer days, and there's a small splash pad with a slide. The playground is fully fenced in case you have a kid who tends to wander.
The grounds of the Palisades Rec Center also feature sports fields, a skate park, a paved walking path, and a few easy (but not stroller-friendly) nature trails thru the surrounding woods. Just off the trail to the left of the parking lot when you're facing the playground, you can also find the Glass Forest, a unique sort of sculpture garden tucked into the woods.
Unique features of Palisades Rec Center
Potomac themed with long houses, the Potomac River, and a canoe slide! Newly resurfaced as of fall 2023.
🚻 Restrooms are at the Rec Center through the exterior door closest to the playground. Rec Center hours are 9am - 9pm M-F, 9am - 5pm Sa, closed on Su.
😷 This playground can get busy on the weekends but usually has plenty of room to spread out, especially with the fields and other areas around the Rec Center.
🅿️ Free parking lot, but it can fill up quickly. Street parking is also available on Sherier Pl NW.
⛲️ Splash pad! Check our DC Splash Pad page for more info.
Location: 5200 Sherier Pl NW, Washington, DC 20016
DC Parks Website: Palisades Community Center