Franconia Rec Center

Fairfax County, Virginia


6601 Telegraph Road
Franconia, Virginia

Kimeshia Junkins,
Operations Manager

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Franconia Family Recreation Area

Operating Status

Marinas/Amusements may close early or be put on hold due to weather conditions. Please call in advance to determine the operational status when inclement weather has occurred or is forecasted to occur.

Sensory Friendly Times at Our Special Harbor

Open to all with disabilities and their families only.

Wednesdays, June 21 - Aug 16, 10-11 a.m.

Our Special Harbor Spray Ground Open Summer 2023

Operational Guidelines

  • Limited Capacity
  • Free Admission or a First Come First Serve Basis
  • High Frequency Cleaning
  • No Group Reservations
  • Organized Groups on Walkup Basis ONLY
  • Admission fee required for organized groups
  • Organized group size cannot exceed 10% of current spray park capacity

Chessie’s Big Backyard, Trail, Carousel, and Shelters are available for use. Shelter reservations can be made by visiting our Picnics webpage.

Welcome to the Family Recreation Area at Franconia Park, home to Our Special Harbor and Chessie’s Big Backyard, a fully accessible recreation area for EVERYONE to enjoy!

Our Special Harbor

Children playing in the water at the sprayground

If you like running through the sprinkler, you’ll love Our Special Harbor. This fully accessible Chesapeake-Bay themed sprayground has fun features including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. The beach area is quieter with softer bubblers and interactive water tables. The computerized water maze and dumping crab basket provide more lively activity.

For safety, children (15 years and younger) enjoying the spray park, MUST wear aquatic shoes or sandals with a manufactured back strap at all times; non-standing, non-mobile, babies are exempt; adults may wear flip-flops instead of aquatic shoes or sandals with a manufactured back strap. Street shoes are NOT PERMITTED in the sprayground.

General Admission is free for families; however there is a daily fee for each participant and chaperone for commercial or nonprofit groups. $5 for Fairfax County residents, $10 for Non-County residents. Space is limited for commercial/nonprofit groups.

Commercial and Non-profit groups will be accepted on a walk-up basis, no advanced reservations will be accepted this season. Group size cannot exceed more than 10% of current capacity.

Our Special Harbor Hours of Operation


Carousel Hours of Operation

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