Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities "Fits Your Life." Whether you are looking for a class, sport league, casual walk on more than 20 miles of trails, or want to volunteer, we have something for everyone.

Page updated on Aug 31, 2016 at 2:04 PM
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Registration for Fall classes and activities opened Wednesday, August 17 for City residents and Friday, August 19 for nonresidents.  Register online or in-person at the new Registration & Reservation Office located at the Lee Center at 1108 Jefferson St. 
Registration Information 


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In addition to park and facility information, view City classes, programs, activities, and special events occurring September through December. Registration for Fall classes and activities begins  August 17 for City residents & August 19 for nonresidents.
Summer Camps and classes are still accepting registration 
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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. These partnerships will also provide opportunities for developing positive relationships between the City and the community.


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Beginning on Friday, August 19, Teen & Young Adult Late Nights at Charles Houston Recreation Center are being extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Teens and young adults will have free use of the gymnasium, game room, snacks and access to the fitness room for ages 18 and up beyond regular operating hours on Fridays, 9 p.m. to midnight and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to midnight.
Charles Houston Late Nights


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The Department  is conducting its annual Program Interest Survey to help determine programming priorities by location, time of day and participant’s age. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and will guide the development of future program offerings. City residents and nonresidents are encouraged to participate.
> Take the Program Interest Survey Now!


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Old Town's newest Farmer's Market is open Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Montgomery Park at 901 N. Royal St. The market features local growers, bakers, and other area providers of wholesome foods including Twin Springs, Grace's Pastries, Bread & Water, and Relay Foods year round, weather permitting. The market is presented by the Old Town North Community Partnership and supported by the City of Alexandria and Yogis for Positive Change.


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The City’s Waterfront Plan envision a new public plaza at the foot of King Street called Fitzgerald Square. The plaza encompasses the City owned properties of 1 & 2 King Street, and the existing King Street Park, totaling about one acre of land. When the Old Dominion Boat Club moves to Prince Street, the City plans to create an “interim” public space to enjoy until construction begins on the permanent park.


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A unique way for collectors to acquire original art from regional artists. Interested consumers / collectors can purchase a "share" consisting of six pieces of locally produced artwork (one from each artist). Shares will include photography, glass, pastels, watercolors and ceramics.


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On May 5, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to adopt a $678.5 million General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which began July 1, 2016. Working in Focus Area Teams, staff built a budget framework that directly linked the funds Alexandria spends on providing programs and services to the results the community values.


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Consistent with the City Council approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park Plan, the City of Alexandria is working with a design team led by Kimley-Horn, with input from the community, to implement the replacement of the current bulkhead and shoreline improvements.
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Updated Design - 90% Exhibit


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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. The Park & Recreation Commission will receive an update on Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m.
Alexandria Health Department Crumb Rubber Review
Fairfax County Synthetic Turf Health Study


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In May 2015 City Council passed a resolution to establish an Ad Hoc Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan Implementation Monitoring Group.


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Department Mission 

We support the well-being of Alexandria’s residents by ensuring access to a variety of quality recreation, park and cultural experiences.  

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