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Editors' Pick

Best Park for Family Fitness

Dewey Local Park

With an outdoor gym, street hockey rink, soccer field, paved walking/biking paths, a track for running and one for kids to ride around on their bikes or scooters, Dewey Local Park in Silver Spring is a great spot for family exercise without fitness center fees. The outdoor gym in the middle of the 14.5-acre park includes two elliptical machines, bars for doing dips, pull-ups and chin-ups, equipment to work the arms, lats and chest, as well as sit-up and push-up benches. While the fitness equipment is recommended for ages 14 and older, the park provides plenty of ways for younger people to get moving. Playground areas—one for kids ages 2-5 and the other for ages 5-12—offer slides, swings and lots of climbing structures. There is a 22,000-square-foot dog park so Fido can get some exercise along with the rest of the family. The park’s 2020 renovation included a covered picnic pavilion, colorful murals by Montgomery County artist Juan Pineda, and the hockey rink, which can be used for in-line hockey (on skates), street hockey (without skates) and futsal (5-on-5 soccer). The rink can be reserved online or used on a first come, first served basis.

Dewey Local Park, 11720 Dewey Road, Silver Spring, 301-495-2595, montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/dewey-local-park