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A NEW PLACE TO PLAY
CLIMB TO THE TOP of the treehouse in Greenbriar Local
Park—which opened in Travilah near Potomac in November—
and see a panorama of nearby woods, distant ;elds and children
clambering between the two brightly colored playgrounds below.
An area for older kids (ages 5-12) features the towering treehouse structure and its plank bridge, slides and rope ladders.
There’s also a tire swing and a mound covered in a bouncy surface material, perfect for climbing up and rolling down. The playground for younger children (ages 2-5) resembles a beach and
includes a ;shing boat play structure with a working periscope.
The 25-acre park’s educational aspects focus on the local
environment—signs along a paved path leading from the
parking lot to the playground tell about Maryland’s watersheds,
geography and wildlife. Between the play areas, families pic-
nic at a shady stone terrace overlooking a vista of trees, part
of the 15 acres of undisturbed forest that surround the park.
A soccer ;eld, basketball and volleyball courts, and a paved
2/3 -mile walking path offer recreational options. While a trip to
Greenbriar Local Park isn’t the same as a day at the beach, it
just might keep the kids from getting crabby.
Greenbriar Local Park, 12525 Glen Road, Travilah,
—Stephanie Siegel Burke