Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

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

Page updated on Mar 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM
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Registration is now open for Spring and Summer Programs! Register now for programs and classes taking place April through August, including Spring Break and Summer Camps. Register online or in-person at the Registration & Reservation Office located at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. Nonresident registration begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 15.
Spring and Summer Program Guide
Winter 2019 Program Guide

Registration Information

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The City will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the interim Waterfront Park on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. Festivities will continue from 2 to 9 p.m. to mark the opening of a sound-responsive, interactive public art installation.  


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The Community Matching Fund application is now open through April 10, 2019. The Fund promotes collaborative partnerships among City of Alexandria community organizations by providing matching 1:1 dollars for groups that propose fundraising for park and recreation improvement projects. The Fund fosters public/private partnerships and cultivates innovative ways for residents to have a greater stake in improving the park and recreation facilities that they use.  


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Register now for 2019 Summer Camps! View the complete list of options in the 2019 Summer of Smiles Summer Camps Guide online or pick up a copy from recreation centers and public libraries located throughout the City. 
Download the Summer Camp Guide Now!
Visit the Summer Camp Information Page


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The interim Waterfront Park featuring seating terraces, bench swings, movable furniture and much more is now open! The City’s Waterfront Plan envisions 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. 
Waterfront Park Construction Time Lapse Camera


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The new Patrick Henry Recreation Center is now open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a limited time, sample classes for free that will be offered starting in the Spring season. 
Parking and Access Map During Construction
General Information
Project Updates
Drop-in Class Schedule 
ACPS to Hold Community on Swing Space Study - March 20, 2019


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Make memories in your neighborhood by hosting your next outdoor gathering at a picnic area. Picnic shelters and picnic areas at seven park locations are now available for reservation for April through October 2019. 
Picnic Rental Information and Application


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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 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.
RPCA Customer Service Guarantee


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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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