Parks & Recreation

Alexandria is an active community that offers more than 900 acres of parks and dedicated public space, and a wide variety of neighborhood and recreation centers, pools, dog parks, farmers' markets, waterfront activities and more.

Page updated on Jun 13, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Parks & Trails

Alexandria is an active community that offers a chance to escape to the great outdoors without leaving town, with more than 900 acres of parks and dedicated public space.

ParkLink - Interactive Map

ParkLink allows you to view current park details, amenity areas and details, recreation center amenities and information, bike and nature trails, request forms, guideline documents, and other general park, shelter and trails information.

Recreation Centers

The City has a number of neighborhood recreation centers and specialty centers located throughout the community. Recreation centers are available for use by residents, community groups and organizations. Amenities at the different centers may include athletic fields, pools, meeting rooms, gymnasiums, dance studios, fitness rooms, and much more. 

Pools & Aquatics

When the weather heats up, cool off in one of the City's pools. The City operates a neighborhood "mini" pool (901 Wythe Street), a large outdoor pool (1609 Cameron Street), and the Rixse indoor pool at Chinquapin Recreation Center (3210 King Street).

Classes & Camps

From aquatics programs, to creative and performing arts, to exercise and fitness, to youth and adult sports, the City of Alexandria offers a wide variety of programs, classes and activities for all ages and interests. Register online or at the Registration & Reservation Office located at 1108 Jefferson Street.

Waterfront & Marina

Whether winding down after sightseeing or jump-starting the day with a morning run, Alexandria’s waterfront is the best place to take in picturesque views of the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. Enjoy street performers, music and dining or set sail with water taxis and river cruises, offering scenic commutes between Alexandria and the Georgetown waterfront, Mount Vernon and National Harbor.

Dog Parks

The City provides eighteen dog exercise areas and fenced dog parks for the convenience and enjoyment of Alexandria residents. Unfenced off-leash dog exercise areas have defined boundaries marked by bollards and are designated locations for dogs and their owners to exercise and recreate without disrupting other uses of the parks. Dogs are also welcome in public parks, not designated as a dog exercise area, but are to be kept secured by a leash.

Facility & Park Rentals

No matter the occasion, City of Alexandria has a venue to suit your needs. Our parks and facilities are great for parties, receptions, weddings, meetings and more. Indoor facilities are available for rental year-round and picnic areas are available for rental April-October, beginning March 1.

Farmers' Markets

Old Town Farmers' Market

Held each Saturday morning year-round, Market Square plaza has hosted a farmers market for more than 260 years. In fact, the Old Town Farmers' Market is the oldest farmers' market in the country held continuously at the same site.

Other Farmers' Markets in Alexandria


Information about City-sponsored youth and adult sports leagues and programs, including registration, schedules, use of athletic fields and courts, volunteering and more