Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Announces Program, Facility and Pool Updates

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Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Announces Program, Facility and Pool Updates

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2020

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities (RPCA) announces reopening updates about program registration, modified full-day summer camp, recreation center operating schedules, outdoor pool schedules, and outdoor amenities.

Registration for Recreation Programming Begins June 17

Registration for outdoor fitness and tennis classes will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 for Alexandria residents, and Friday, June 19 for nonresidents. Summer programs take place June 26 through September 5. Program offerings will be added as they are confirmed, and registration will be ongoing.

In accordance with Phase Two of the Governor’s “Forward Virginia” reopening blueprint, recreation offerings are designed so that instructors and all participants maintain at least ten feet of physical distance between and classes do not exceed 30% of maximum capacity indoors. Participants are required to bring any necessary equipment to class and follow all current health guidance.

Register online at To register in-person, call the Registration & Reservation Office at 703.746.5414 to schedule an appointment. 

Complete the Summer Camp Pre-Registration Eligibility Form Today

Today is the last day to complete the Summer Camp Pre-Registration Eligibility Form to confirm eligibility and reserve a spot to participate in the modified full day summer program for children ages 6-12. The questionnaire is available online at and paper copies are available for pick up and drop off at outdoor locations.

The six-week program is designed to meet the needs of Alexandria residents who are essential workers with limited options for childcare, with a priority to families who need financial assistance. The modified summer camp will be offered at several locations throughout Alexandria from July 6 through August 14 and will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before and after care will not be available. The program fee is $249 per child with financial assistance available. The program will meet guidelines for staff and participant symptom screening, enhanced cleaning, and physical distancing protocols. 

Once the pre-registration process is complete, general registration will open to Alexandria residents for any remaining capacity on a first come, first served basis. Registration will open  June 22 and will be available online at and in person by appointment at the Registration & Reservation Office. Schedule an appointment by calling 703.746.5414.

Recreation Centers to Begin Modified Operations

To align with updated guidance, recreation centers will operate at 30% capacity with modified hours and access. Beginning on June 20, all recreation centers will be open for scheduled programming. The following centers will provide limited recreational access for teens, individuals, and families, as well as senior-only hours:

  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St.
  • Leonard “Chick” Armstrong Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave.
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4653 Taney Ave.
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave.

Recreational access schedules will be posted at by Friday, June 19.

The Registration & Reservation Office at the Lee Center will be open by appointment only, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 703.746.5414.

Beginning June 22, Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility will offer Alexandria residents ticketed entry for racquetball, swimming, and use of the fitness room on Mondays through Fridays to ages 60 and older from 8 to 10 a.m., and to all ages from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticketed entry for racquetball and fitness room use will be available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon for all ages. Advanced reservation is required for ticketed entry and reservations will be available each Thursday for the following week. Tickets for the week of June 22 will be available starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 18. One ticket per day can be reserved per person. Tickets can be reserved online at or by calling 703.746.6909. General admission fees apply and passes remain suspended throughout the summer.

Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center is currently closed due to necessary repairs.

Outdoor Pools to Open July 1

The 2020 summer outdoor pool season will take place July 1 through Labor Day. In accordance with Phase Two guidance, indoor and outdoor swimming pools may be open for diving, exercise, and instruction, with lap swimming limited to three persons per lane. Swimmers must always maintain 10 feet of physical distance unless necessary to protect the physical safety of the swimmer.

As a result, the Memorial Pool, 901 Wythe St., will be open for scheduled programming only, with no drop-in or lap swimming. Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St., will be open for scheduled programming with limited pop-up ticketed entry for swimming when possible. Old Town Pool, 1609 Cameron St., will offer ticketed entry for swimming from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Advanced reservation is required for ticketed entry. Reservations will be available each Thursday at 9 a.m. for the following week. One ticket per day can be reserved per person. Tickets can be reserved online at or by calling 703.746.6909. General admission fees apply and passes remain suspended throughout the summer.

The Potomac Yard Park Interactive Fountain will remain closed until Northern Virginia enters Phase Three. For information about fees and pool amenities, visit  

City Outdoor Amenities Now Open

All City parks, playgrounds, trails, paths, fields, dog parks, restrooms, parking lots, park roadways, and most sport courts will be fully opened by end of day on Monday, June 15. Replacement of basketball rims and tennis nets may take more time to complete. The playground at Charles Houston Recreation Center will remain closed to complete necessary repairs. For additional information about phased recreation reopenings, visit

Visit for RPCA reopening updates.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact or 703.746.4644.


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