Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

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

Page updated on Sep 19, 2018 at 4:57 PM
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Register now for programs taking place through December. Register 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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The first round of applications is closed and ACPS is confirming eligibility for senior applicants. Applicants will be notified of their status on Wednesday, September 12. Students selected through the lottery process to receive a permit will also receive instruction to make payment and pick up their assigned permit.  Should additional space be available, students will be notified of the application process.  


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Treat your pooch to a late summertime dip at one of the City’s Annual Dog Swims. Dogs under 50 pounds can enjoy a pool to themselves at the Itty Bitty Doggie Dive on Friday, September 21, 4-7 p.m. at the Charles Houston Recreation Center Memorial Pool (901 Wythe St.). Dogs of all sizes can enjoy the Big Dog Day Swim on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.at the Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron St.). 

Due to anticipated poor weather conditions on the original dates of Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, the Annual Dog Swims have been rescheduled to the new dates listed above.



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Give us your best shot! Participate in the 2018 RPCA Photo Contest by submitting your best original photos taken at any City of Alexandria park, center, program or event that represent the Department's mission to "enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public space, cultural activities and programming." Winning photos will receive great prizes and be featured in City facilities and online. View contest rules.
Photo Submissions: September 1 - October 15
Public Voting: November 1 - November 15
Winners Announced: December 1


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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 will open an “interim” public space to enjoy until construction begins on the permanent park. Demolition of the former Old Dominion Boat Club occurred in the winter of 2018 and construction is anticipated to be completed in late fall 2018.
King St. Park at the Waterfront Construction Camera


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

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