My Favorite (Rainy Day) Place in DC: The Children’s Rain Garden at Powhatan Springs Park
I love a good rainstorm. I love watching the water flow, splashing in the puddles, looking for worms, and dancing.
My children love it too. We’ve been going on rain walks since they were wee ones who needed to shake free from the confines of indoor space. Last year, both my children attended a Waldorf school. Frequent were the days that I would drop my older one off on the playground in the rain where his class started, only to find myself tromping through it a few hours later with my daughter in our parent-child class. The first time my son ever heard of “indoor recess” was when he entered our neighborhood school.
Lately, it has been pouring. And that has meant lots of trips to one of my favorite DC places – the Children’s Rain Garden at Powhatan Springs Park. It must be one of Arlington’s bests kept secrets, because rare is the day when we find other children joining us with buckets and boots at the ready.
The park is tucked behind the skate park at 6020 Wilson Boulevard. It’s always open, but not nearly as much fun when it’s not raining. When the sprinkles start falling, grab your bucket and join us. We’d love the company!
Elaine enjoys weather of all sorts with her young children over at www.ConnorAndHelen.blogspot.com.
In 1997, Elaine landed in DC where she put her public policy degree to work. She didn't know at the time she'd eventually own a home in the suburbs, be married to a government employee, and have two incredible children. But then, she’s heard that from a lot of moms at the playgrounds around Arlington. As a part-time worker, Elaine contributes to the Tax Policy Center's blog TaxVox and has recently agreed to produce a regular commentary for the blogtalk radio program, Shared Sacrifice.
When she's not at work, she maintains her own blog to bridge the distance between far away family and herself and to alleviate the guilt associated with never even purchasing a baby book for either of her children. She believes in the power of long walks, vacationing, and forgetting about the clock. She's got her eye on the Fall of 2011 when her youngest child will surely be ready for her first international vacation. Prior to becoming a mom, she was an avid potter and chocolate maker and hopes someday to return to both of these hobbies. In the meantime, she feels incredibly lucky to have found such an incredible community of women bloggers in the DC area. Prior to its closure, Elaine enjoyed a brief period writing for DCMetroMoms.