Local Parks and Playgrounds

Ayrlawn Local Park

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5652 Oakmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD. A park in a residential neighborhood, the site of the former Ayrlawn Elementary school. (map)

This large neighborhood park has a mulch-cushioned playground, tennis courts, a basketball court, a soccer field, and ball fields.

The playground is nice. It was re-done in 2006 and has lots of slides and swings and good places to climb. There is a wobbly bridge, which is really some foot pads connected by chain, this provides a challenge. There is also a play train to climb on and something to hang from and slide. The playground will be in the sun in morning and afternoon. By late afternoon, it should get some shade. The parking lot is on the opposite side of the park from the playground so you will have to take a short walk to get there.

There are two tennis courts and a tennis practice wall as well as a basketball court. There are two ball fields and a soccer pitch, however, the soccer pitch and the outfields of both ball fields share land, so you can't use them at the same time.

Next to the parking lot is a shady/grassy area with some benches, it is large enough to run around in or bring a blanket and have a picnic lunch. There aren't any picnic tables at this park.

The back part of the park has a large wooded area, there is a trail going through it though that starts behind the baseball diamond.

This park is at the site of the former Ayrlawn Elementary school. The school building is still there, but is used by the YMCA so it isn't public access.

Detailed park inventory

Playground Equipment

Baby Swings1good
Child Swings1good
Standard Swings4good
Tire Swings1good
Spiral slides1goodCovered!
Covered slides1goodIn addition to the spiral one
Curved slides2good
Jungle Gym1good
Climbing apparatus1good
merry-go-round1very goodThis is larger than ones found in most parks.
Things to bounce on2goodA dinosaur and a motorcycle.
Bridges2goodOne wobbly one, and one angled upward.


Benches10+goodMost by the playground, but some in the shade by the parking lot
Trash Cansyes


ShadeyesgoodA large shady area near the parking lot

Sports and Fitness

Baseball diamonds2good
Basketball courts1ok
Soccer pitches1good
Tennis courts2good
Tennis practice walls1good


ParkingyesgoodParking lot shared with the YMCA, but some spots are reserved for park use.

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Picnic area

Picnic area

Baseball diamond

Basketball court

Basketball court

Tennis courts

Tennis courts