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City of Alexandria Community Recreation Centers

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Neighborhood Centers 

Charles Barrett Recreation Center
Charles Houston Recreation Center
Cora Kelly Recreation Center
Mount Vernon Recreation Center
Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center 
Patrick Henry Recreation Center
William Ramsay Recreation Center  

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 Speciality Centers 

• Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility
Durant Arts Center
Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center
• Lee Center (Administrative Offices)

  • Recreation Center ID Policy
    All participants/users of the City of Alexandria neighborhood recreation centers must be residents of the City, and are required to show proof of residency to register at the neighborhood recreation centers. To determine if you are a City resident, refer to the City Residency Verification Guide.
  • Recreation Center Rentals
    Recreation centers are available for use by community groups and organizations. Amenities include meeting rooms, gymnasium, dance studio, and activity rooms.   Groups will be charged appropriate staff and rental fees based on their individual request. Rental information and availability may be obtained at each individual center. For additional information and hours of operation, call the recreation center of interest.  Click here to view the Department Fee Schedule.
  • Attention Parents
    Please be advised that unless otherwise specified, the programs offered at the recreation centers are not licensed child care programs nor are they to be alternatives for child care.
  • Summer Hours
    After the completion of the Alexandria Public School year, center hours may change. Please contact the center in your Neighborhood for a summer operating hours.
  • Special Activities are held regularly at each center. For additional information call the Center.
  • For additional information on Recreation Servicesclick here.
  • For additional information on Recreation Programsclick here.
  • Recreation Centers and Indoor Facilities Operating Hours (summary)
  • Recreation Center Holiday Operating Schedule  
  • Recreation Center Fitness Passes 
  • FY 2014 Service Reductions 

 Charles Barrett Center image  Charles Barrett Recreation Center

1115 Martha Custis Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22305
703.746.5551 | 703.706.3963 (TTY)
Charles Barrett Rec Center Advisory Council
Charles Barrett Rec Center Advisory Council Facebook 


Director: Gladstone Harriott

Facility Features: Weight Room, Gymnasium, Meeting Room, Athletic Field, Game Room and Kitchen/Dance/Arts & Crafts Room

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 2 pm-6 pm (Sep - mid-June)
  • Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm (mid-Jun - Aug)
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed 
  • Holiday Hours  




  Charles Houston Recreation Center Image 2  Charles Houston Recreation Center

901 Wythe St.
Alexandria, VA 22314


 Director: Sheila Whiting

Facility Features: Dance Room, Boxing Center, Meeting Room, Game/Multi-Purpose Room, Kitchen, Library/Computer Room, Fitness Room (Recreation center Fitness Pass Required), Locker Rooms, Neighborhood "Mini" Pool, Pre-school Area and Activity Rooms 

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 9 pm

    • Teen Activities from 9-11 pm
  •  Saturday: 9 am-6 pm
    • Teen Activities from 6 - 11 pm
  • Sunday: 1 - 5 pm
  • Holiday Hours 


Charles Houston Recreation Center Room Naming Project 

  • A group of Alexandrians, most of who are former students of the Parker-Gray School and other Alexandria schools attended by African American students before integration, formed an ad hoc room naming committee last spring. Their goal was to explore naming rooms at the new Charles Houston Recreation Center in honor of notable African American citizens whom they considered have had an important influence on Alexandria’s past and present. The Center is located on the site of the old Parker-Gray School, and the committee felt that the site is a historic one that is appropriate as a location to recognize outstanding individuals who contributed to the betterment of the African American community.
  • The City of Alexandria held a dedication ceremony on Saturday, February 27 at the Charles Houston Recreation Center naming the Center's gymnasium after Coach Louis Johnson and Mr. Morris Siebert, two individuals who made outstanding contributions to the youth of Alexandria. In addition, the swimming pool was named the Memorial Pool in honor of African American youth who drowned in the Potomac River recognizing that before integration African American youths were not permitted to swim in the Alexandria Municipal Pool.
  • The Charles Houston Recreation Center Ad Hoc Naming Committee is seeking nominations from the public for the Recreation’s Center’s Hall of Fame, an area that will honor and memorialize the achievements of history makers in Alexandria’s African American community and document the contributions of the community to Alexandria’s history.

For additional information on the naming project, click here.



 Cora Kelley Center image  Cora Kelly Recreation Center

25 West Reed Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305


Director: Lyndon Murray

Facility Features: Racquetball/Wally ball, Gymnasium Activities, Ceramics/Pottery Room, Arts & Crafts Room, Dance Studio, Photography Lab/ Teen Meeting Rooms, Activities Room, Fitness Room (Recreation center Fitness Pass Required), Athletic Field and Teen Center.

Center Hours: 



 Durant Rec Center image  Durant Arts Center

Where Music, Dance & Theater Come Alive!

1605 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Director: Cheryl Anne Colton

Facility Features: One grand multipurpose room with stage, Four multipurpose rooms, Kitchen, Gallery and Patio 

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 10 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Available for private rentals
  • Closed on City holidays


The Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center is the Department’s multicultural center for the performing and visual arts. It offers programs in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The Durant Center is located in the Upper King Street neighborhood of Old Town and provides spaces for rehearsals, performances, special events, meetings, and arts focused classes. For program and facility use information, call the Durant Center at 703.746.5560.

The Durant Center is the home of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts. The Commission’s mission is to lead and advocate for cultural development within the City and the surrounding region. The Commission fulfills this mission by collaborating with the local community; marketing the City’s arts events and organizations; building education partnerships in the community; and administering an annual grants program. For information on the City's Office of the Arts, visit

The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center at 7 pm. The public is welcome. For membership information, click here.


 Lee Center  Lee Center

1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Lee Center serves as the administrative offices for the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. Space is available for rentals including meetings, receptions, banquets, celebrations and awards programs.  Auditorium ame­nities include sound system, stage lighting, piano, podium and microphone.

Facility Features: Exhibit Hall with serving kitchen, Meeting Rooms, Dance Studio and the Richard Kauffman Auditorium with seat­ing for 400.

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8 am-10 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Available for private rentals
  • Closed on City holidays




 Mount Vernon Center image  Mount Vernon Recreation Center

2701 Commonwealth Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305

 Director: Elsie Akinbobola

Facility Features: Gymnasium, Pottery/Art Studio, Photography Studio, Game Room, Meeting Rooms, Computer Lab and Fitness/Dance Studio.

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
           Seniors: 10 am - 3:30 pm  
  • Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Holiday Hours 

Center Hours effective September 1, 2013:





Nannie J. Lee Center image 

Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center 

1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Director: Barbara Farrington

Facility Features: Gymnasium, Kitchen, Fitness Room (Recreation center Fitness Pass Required), Multi-Purpose Room, Game and Crafts Room, Tennis Courts, and Miracle League Field.

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 12 pm - 9 pm (Sep - mid-Jun)
  • Monday - Friday: 9 am - 6 pm (mid-Jun - Aug)
  • Saturday: 9 am-6 pm (Oct - March)
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Holiday Hours  





 Patrick Henry Center image  Patrick Henry Recreation Center

4643 Taney Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
703.746.5557 | 703.519.3397 (Fax)

Director: Bryan Williams

Facility Features: Gymnasium, Game Room, Kitchenette, Meeting Room, Playground, Tennis Courts and Athletic Fields. 

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 2:30 - 9 pm (Sep - Jun)
  • Monday - Friday: 9 am - 9 pm (Jul - Aug)
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Holiday Hours  

 Proposed Center Renovation: 



William Ramsay Center image 


William Ramsay Recreation Center

5650 Sanger Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311

Director: Harold Little

Facility Features: Full size Gymnasium, Game Room, Arts & Crafts Room, Dance Studio and Fitness Room (Recreation center Fitness Pass Required).

Center Hours: 

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
    • Teen Activities from 9-11 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am - 11 pm
    • Teen Activities from 6-11 pm
  • Sunday: 1 - 5 pm
  • Holiday Hours 



Recreation Center Fitness Passes

Multiple pass options for the use of the fitness rooms at the following Neighborhood Recreation Centers: Charles Houston, Cora Kelly, Nannie J. Lee, and William Ramsay. City residents 55 and older receive a 20% discount.

Visit  Resident / Nonresident 
Daily $4 day / $8 day
10 (anytime) visits $35 / 75
20 (anytime) visits   $60 / 135
3 month pass   $30 / $80
6 month pass     $50 / $145
Annual pass $100 / $200


1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler