Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Announces Program Updates

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Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Announces Program Updates

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2020

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA) announces updates about summer camp eligibility, school year after school program registration and virtual programming.

RPCA will offer modified full day summer programs at several locations throughout Alexandria for children ages 6-12.

To ensure the safety of participants and prevent the spread of COVID-19, each program is designed with limited capacity. As a result, these programs are designed to meet the needs of essential workers who have limited options for childcare, with a priority to Alexandria families who need financial assistance.

Alexandria residents interested in participating are required to verify eligibility by completing a Summer Camp Pre-Registration Eligibility Form. The questionnaire is available online at Paper copies will be available beginning on Monday, June 8. A mailed paper copy can be requested by calling the Registration and Reservation Office at 703.746.5414. Or, it can be picked up and dropped off at an outdoor drop box at the following locations:

  • Lee Center Registration and Reservation Office, 1108 Jefferson Street
  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Avenue
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue

Questionnaires must be submitted by June 15 for review and eligible families will be contacted June 16-17. Eligible families must complete their registration by June 21. Once the pre-registration process is complete, general registration for any remaining capacity will begin June 22 online on a first come, first served basis. Preferred location cannot be guaranteed.

Registration for school year 2020-2021 after school programs offered by RPCA is suspended until at least mid-July.

RPCA after school program offerings align with the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) schedule. Once ACPS announces their school year schedule, RPCA will make the necessary programmatic adjustments and provide information about program options. It is anticipated that significant changes to program capacity and structure will be required to align with federal, state and local health guidelines. Once appropriate adjustments can be planned for the Fall, registration information will be advertised.

The new pre-registration process for the Fall Out of School Time Power-On Program, which was to occur in June in advance of the open registration in July, will be rescheduled with the updated registration timeline. The pre-registration process aligns with the City of Alexandria’s Social Equity initiative and is available to families who qualify for financial assistance programs, including free or reduced school meals, SNAP, and TANF.

New RPCA at Home Virtual Programming options are now available.

Looking for ways to challenge your mind and body and keep children engaged? RPCA at Home offers a variety of free on-demand programs and classes that can be viewed again and again. Children can dress up in their favorite costume, sing along and Be Enchanted About Reading or learn the fundamentals of baseball in Lil Pro Sports. Adults can get fit from their living room with Strength Training at Home, Body Part Aerobics, Chinquacircuit and Yoga for Beginners. Looking for something different? Try Boxercise or Zumbata en Espanol.

Visit for updates about additional summer program options, virtual programming and registration for summer and after school programs.

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