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 Sep 16, 2017 at 8:01 AM

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All photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to share your best original photos taken at any City of Alexandria park, center, program, or event that represent the Department’s mission to "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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Beautify your yard and help grow Alexandria’s tree canopy by purchasing and planting a high quality native tree or shrub.


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Beginning with the 2017–2018 school year, parking on the Chinquapin Loop Road will require a permit during school days. The new system will have 160 permits available to provide T.C. Williams High School students and staff who purchase permits to park on the Loop Road during school days.  


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The Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission held a Public Hearing on Thursday, June 15 to present and receive comment on six park alternatives. Information gathered from public hearing will be used for the development of a recommendation to be provided to City Council in the fall.


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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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The theme of the 2017-18 Out of School Time Program is “Passport to Fun!” where children are invited to explore the world through fun, adventure and discovery while making new friends. Participants are placed in age groups with highly trained and professional recreation leaders who rotate through scheduled activities in creative and performing arts, music, history, fine arts, sports, fitness and health, education and leisure, field trips and family events. 
School Year OSTP Registration Form


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



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Last fall, the City received a formal request from the Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to work jointly in determining the feasibility of converting the Lee Center to a temporary swing space elementary school.  This request was in response to ongoing projected school enrollment increases and the desire by ACPS to relocate students to a swing space facility as facility replacement and modernization efforts are implemented over the next decade at four elementary schools. The feasibility report, which indicates a capital cost of this swing space concept at between $36 million and $42 million is available for your review.
Lee Center Evaluation Final Report 
June 1, 2017 Lee Center Stakeholder Letter


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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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