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Clemyjontri Park


Clemyjontri: Where Every Child Can Play

6317 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22101
703-388-2807

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Park Open Daily 7 a.m. to Dusk

CLEMYJONTRI PARK features a unique playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. It is a playground where every child is welcome.

This park is a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration. At CLEMYJONTRI....

  • Ramps connect structures
  • Swings have high backs, arm rests and special safety features
  • Rubber surfacing allows wheelchairs to roll easily
  • Lowered monkey bars provide easy access
  • Equipment is designed to be sensory rich so all children can participate with peers
  • Wider openings allows easy access to play structures

Other features include a carousel and a picnic pavilion. The entrance road leads to an 81-space parking area and a drop-off zone for vehicles whose passengers need close access. Future development will incude other amenities in the surrounding 10 acres of space.

PLAYGROUND

The two-acre playground consists of four outdoor 'rooms' surrounding a centerpiece carousel.

To the casual observer, the playground at Clemyjontri Park looks like an ordinary playground, with swings, slides and play equipment fun to climb on, under and around. A closer look will reveal that some of those swings have high backs for children who need extra support. Instead of standard transfer platforms there are ramps to the elevated play components. Pathways between equipment are wide and colorful, and the ground surfaces are non-slip and porous designed to provide a greater level of access for children.

There is something for everyone - children will be able to find something to climb on, touch, read, do or create. Children will enjoy the challenges of balance and depth perception on the playground's balance beams. A mini-track can be used to race, playhouses and cubbies offer pleasant spaces for social interaction while also allowing children seeking quiet or separate areas to play in smaller groups.

Tent sails provide areas of shade in the playground and benches are located throughout the play area. Just north of the playground is an asphalt trail that connects to site perimeter trails which will eventually encircle the park during future development.

The Two Acre Playground Consists of 4 Outdoor "Rooms" Surrounding a Centerpiece Carousel.


The Rainbow Room - With rainbow archway, surface with colors of the rainbow and a variety of swings
  • Accommodates all physical levels
  • Integrates sign, Braille, pictures and language
  • Teaches colors of the rainbow

The Schoolhouse & Maze - With learning panels forming a maze that may be reconfigured
  • Focuses on educational learning games
  • Teaches where am I reading, maps and a globe
  • Teaches what time it is using time zones and clocks

The Movin and Groovin Transportation Area - Designed with transportation themed equipment such as a race track, motorcycles, planes, and trains
  • Stimulates imagination
  • Teaches balance and special skills
  • Mimics true roadway situations

Fitness & Fun - Includes the largest piece of play equipment along with various jungle gym components
  • Stimulates imagination
  • Progressive challenges for physical strength
  • Energy burner
  • Builds confidence

CAROUSEL

The American Classic Carousel is the centerpiece of the park.                         Chariots, a spinning tea cup and 14 prancing steeds await only the imagination of children. The carousel is recessed to ground level so that it is accessible for wheelchairs, allowing children to transfer to the tea cup. The chariot is designed to allow for transfer to a seated position or to remain seated in the wheelchair.

2014 Carousel Operation Schedule (weather permitting*)

  1. April 5* - May 25: Weekends only 9:30am - 6:30pm      *Opening Date is Tentative
  2. May 26 - Sept. 1: Weekdays 9:30am - 1:00pm, Weekends 9:30am - 6:30pm
    EXCEPTIONS:
    • Extended Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Monday, May 26, 2014 (Memorial Day)
    • Extended Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Thursday, July 4, 2014 (Independence Day)
    • Extended Hours: 9:30am-5pm, Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day)
  3. September 2 - October 26: Weekends only 9:30 am-6:30 pm

    EXCEPTIONS:

    • Open Monday, October 13, 2014 10am-5pm (Columbus Day)

*The carousel does not operate in conditions such as heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and temperatures less than 55° F

Fee: $1.75/ride

LIBERTY SWING

Liberty Swing In 2010, Friends of Clemyjontri successfully raised enough money to purchase and install Virginia's first Liberty Swing, a swing which allows wheelchair users the experience of swinging without having to transfer from their wheelchair.

  • The Liberty Swing is a swing that allows children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing in the park. It is the only swing of its type that is fully lockable and allows a maximum swing height - that is, really swinging, not just rocking back and forth.
  • Until now, some children have had to sit and watch from the sidelines as their siblings experience the freedom and exhilaration of a swing - something that most of us have taken for granted.
  • Quote from Occupational Therapist "the therapeutic benefits are significant: visual-spatial, muscle tone, head control, self-regulation, attention, emotion. It's a wonderful product".

Users please be aware:

*Prior to use of the Liberty Swing the user (or guardian) needs to complete a liability release.

*Two keys are required to use the swing: one to unlock the gated area surrounding the swing and another to unlock the swing itself. Keys are only guaranteed available when the park is staffed (carousel is operating). If you plan to visit on a day when the carousel is not operating and you wish to use the swing, please contact the office prior to your visit at 703-388-2807 x0 to make arrangements for a key.

*For users who desire to have a personal set of keys, they are provided free of charge at the Clemyjontri Park office during carousel operating hours (or by arrangement).

PICNIC PAVILION

The picnic pavilion, open daily dawn to dusk, is a wonderful location for community meetings, picnics, and gatherings. There is direct access to the pavilion from the parking area and entrance to the playground.

The pavilion is a wonderful location for community meetings, picnics, and gatherings.

The picnic pavilion is available for half-day and full-day rentals. When not reserved, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional picnic tables are located on the property outside of the picnic pavilion when the pavilion has been reserved. Picnic Pavilion reservations cannot be made at Clemyjontri Park. Please see rental information and make a reservation here.

Features of the Pavilion:

  • The shelter is aproximately 38' by 38', and holds six accessible tables to seat up to 48 individuals (including spaces for 16 wheelchairs).
  • Cantilevered tops and cut out areas allow easy wheelchair access for children and adults.
  • The pavilion offers both adult and accessible water fountains, as well as accessible restrooms with baby changing tables.
  • Two GFI duplex electrical outlets are provided for public/park use.

Please protect your park and keep all food and beverages away from the playground equipment and surfacing.

Park Policies...

For the safety and well-being of everyone using the playground we ask for your cooperation by following the rules listed below

  1. Children must be supervised at all times.
  2. No food, drink, or gum is permitted in ANY play areas.
  3. Bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades are not allowed on playground surfacing.
  4. Cursing, yelling, and hitting are not allowed.
  5. No pets of any kind are permitted on the playground.
  6. Use age-appropriate playground equipment only.
  7. No playing around or in the stormwater management pond.
  8. All children and adults are required to listen to and follow instructions given by Clemyjontri staff.
  9. No smoking on the playground. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
  10. Clemyjontri Park reserves the right to close the playground and/or carousel due to inclement weather or overcrowding.
  11. Use playground and equipment for its intended purpose only.
  12. Please clean up after yourself and your children.

Individuals and groups who fail to follow park policies may be asked to leave the park.

Parking...

Parking at Clemyjontri has been a challenge. The carousel and two-acre playground are enjoyed by many people of all ages. Since opening in October 2006, over 200,000 people annually have visited the park. We need the cooperation of everyone in its usage.

Please help us by:

  • Using the overflow parking space available across the street at Langley Forks Park.
  • Not parking on the side of the road on Georgetown Pike.
  • Using extra caution when traveling in close proximity to the park. A pedestrian walkway crosses the road to the overflow parking area.
  • Visiting during off-peak hours. Most visitors come to the park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. In addition to fewer parking challenges, visiting at off-peak times reduces the possibility of crowded play equipment and long lines which can detract from the experience of playing on this unique playground

Map of overflow parking space available across the street at Langley Forks Park.

Future phases of development of the park will provide more parking as well as additional amenities.

Group Use of Park Facilities...

Groups not requiring picnic pavilion rental do not need to make a reservation. However, please make all group members aware of our group visit guidelines.

Group Visit Guidelines

To ensure that you and the children in your group can have a safe and fun time at Clemyjontri Park, we ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • There must be at least one adult present for every 8 children.
  • No food or drink is permitted in ANY play areas.
  • Children must be supervised at all times by your staff. Staff should have specific assignments to a group of children. The staff person should be physically present with that group and know the whereabouts of all members at all times.
  • Cursing, yelling, and hitting are not allowed. Individuals and groups demonstrating such behavior may be expelled from the ground.
  • Children are not allowed to play around or in the stormwater management pond.
  • Clemyjontri Park reserves the right to close the playground and/or carousel due to inclement weather.
  • Bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades are not allowed in the park.
  • No smoking on the playground. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
  • Please clean up after your group. Trash barrels are provided.
  • All children and adults are required to listen to and follow instructions given by Clemyjontri staff.

The Lebowitz Family Gift

Mrs. Adele Lebowitz, who envisioned this playground and park, generously donated this 18-acre property.

Clemyjontri Park is an oasis, preserved in perpetuity for everyone to enjoy. The park is the dream of our benefactor Mrs. Adele Lebowitz, who envisioned this playground and park and generously donated this 18-acre property.

The Lebowitz Family

Mr. Lebowitz started Morton’s Department Stores in 1935 in Washington DC and ran those stores for more than 50 years. In the 1930’s and 40’s, two decades before the civil rights movement, the specter of segregation was very much a part of the Washington landscape. However, Mr. Lebowitz refused to conform to the racial practices of the day and was one of the first to fully integrate his stores for customers and staff alike.

A very modest man, he was driven by a sense of fair play and justice. He joined the NAACP in 1942 and the Urban League in 1952, for which he served as President. As a civic leader, Mr. Lebowitz worked untiringly to improve the economic standard of the citizens of Washington DC.

And on the lighter side, Morton’s was the first sponsor of a local kids TV show—the Pick Temple Show—in the 1950’s. Many local children had the opportunity to be on television through this program featuring Piccolo Pony and a clown named Bozo. That clown went on to great things and has brought joy to many people. His name is Willard Scott.

The Clemyjontri Name

The name CLEMYJONTRI is derived from the donor’s four children: Carolyn (CL), Emily (EMY), John (Jon), and Petrina (Tri).


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