Adopt a Chessie’s Carousel Animal!

A new carousel, similar to that at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, opened July 8, 2017 at Springfield’s Lee District Park. Located near Chessie's BIG Backyard play area and Our Special Harbor sprayground, this accessible carousel is a place which every child, including individuals with mobility issues, can enjoy.
Adopt a Chessie’s Carousel Animal!

A $10,000 gift to the Fairfax County Park Foundation enables the donor to name and adopt a special Chesapeake Bay-themed feature such as a Sea Horse, Hummingbird, Frog, Deer, Whooping Crane, Swan Chair, Eagle, Coyote, Wheelchair Chariot and Horses!

These carousel animals are available for adoption:

  • Coyote
  • Whooping Crane
  • Brown horse
  • Trojan
  • Wind Dancer
  • Light Brown Horse
  • Hummingbird
  • Deer
  • Swan Chariot
  • Seahorse
  • Frog
  • Eagle
  • Black Horse
  • Princess

Call 703-324-8532 or email us!

The following animals have already been lovingly adopted:
Shell-Lee (Sea Turtle) adopted by Fairfax County Park Foundation
Sunshine (Grey Wind Dancer Horse) adopted by The Kelley Syron Sunshine Fund
Clemaline and Heneska (2 Horses with ADA seat) adopted by Hilltop Sand & Gravel Company
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Nautical Cove

Nautical Cove play area features opened on November 16, 2013 at Chessie's BIG Backyard in Lee District Park.
Ribbon cutting.

Chessie sign.

Chessie ribbon.

Join these sponsors to help make all of

Chessie’s BIG Backyard a reality!

Kelly Syron Sunshine Fund.

Craig & Belinda Stevens

Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund logo.

Lowes logo.

Sugarman Family Foundation

Elm Street Development logo.

Land and Water Conservation Fund logo.

Sponsorship opportunities exist for major donors to fund elements of the facility which will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of children and family members each year. Questions? Contact us by e-mail or phone 703-324-8582.

See this rendering of Chessie's BIG Backyard playground sections including:

  • A Chesapeake-Bay themed playground will incorporate slides, swings and other equipment specially designed for use by all children, including those with special needs.
  • Tiki Village play area is open.
  • Nautical Cove play area for ages 2-5 is open. Fundraising for protective shade structure is underway!

Watch these two short videos and be inspired by young Rohil Bhinge's fundraising work for the Nautical Cove. Start with 1st Fun Run and then 2nd Annual Fun Run for the benefit of the Nautical Cove.

Future additions to Chessie's BIG Backyard include:

  • The Carousel with old-fashioned charm will be thoroughly modern in design and fully accessible.
  • A family picnic area with covered shelters will offer a place to take a break from the action to enjoy a picnic

Photographs from the Ribbon Cutting for the Tiki Village, Chessie's BIG Backyard first playground area.

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Photographs from the Groundbreaking for Chessie's BIG Backyard.

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