Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

We enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public space, cultural activities, and programming.

Page updated on Jul 16, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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Spring/Summer Program Guide is now available! Register for Summer Camps, Spring programs and Summer programs online with WebTrac or in-person at the Registration & Reservation Office located at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.


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The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities guarantees a consistent superior customer experience to all who participate in programs or visit parks and facilities. Interactions will be Responsive,Professional, Courteous and Accountable. Tell us about your experience - complete the RPCA Your Experience Matters Survey now.


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Recently there have been reports of Giant Hogweed in Virginia, and specifically in Alexandria.  The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities’ Natural Resources Division is working with the Virginia Cooperative Extension on reported sightings. There is no evidence that Giant Hogweed is widely spreading, according to experts at Virginia Tech and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).


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For the 2018-2019 school year, parking on the Chinquapin Loop Road will require a permit during school days and hours. Permits will be available to qualified seniors based on a lottery system. All verified applications received by noon on Friday, September 7 will be eligible for the lottery. The lottery for all qualified applications will occur on Monday, September 10.


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The  2018 Outdoor Pool Season is open at Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St., Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St., and Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Aquatics for a complete schedule.


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The 2018 Summer of Smiles Summer Camps Guide is now available online and free printed brochures will be available at City Hall, recreation centers, and public libraries located throughout the City. Registration for Summer Camps is now open.
Download the Summer Camp Guide Now!


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The City’s Waterfront Plan envision a new public plaza at the foot of King Street encompassing the City owned properties of 1 & 2 King Street, and the existing King Street Park, totaling about one acre. With the Old Dominion Boat Club at Prince Street, the City plans to create an “interim” public space to enjoy until construction begins on the permanent park. Demolition of the former Old Dominion Boat Club and construction is anticipated to begin this spring and be completed in late fall 2018.


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The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers the community a personal opportunity to honor a friend or loved one by adopting a bench at one of our parks. When you adopt, City Staff will install a personalized plaque on either an existing or a new park bench.


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The City of Alexandria has awarded a contract to Environmental Quality Resources, LLC (EQR) for the construction of the Windmill Hill shoreline restoration and other related park improvements.  The project also includes pedestrian-oriented improvements to South Union Street.  Construction has begun and is anticipated to be substantially complete by March 2018 with an anticipated park opening in spring 2018.

Construction Updates


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The Alexandria Children and Youth Master Plan (CYMP) Out of School Time (OSTP) Work Group has compiled a list of City funded after school program opportunities for youth. The list includes operational information, service offerings and a link to the providers’ website for more information.
After School Providers 


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Up to date information on the Patrick Henry Pre-K - 8 school and Recreation Center Project.



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Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has found no evidence to date that the chemicals present in the City of Alexandria’s synthetic turf playing fields present a health concern. 


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We enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public space, cultural activities, and programming.

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