RPCA Mission, Vision, & Values

We enrich our community. We create meaningful experiences. We improve the well-being of Alexandria. We do this together, the RPCA way.

Page updated on May 17, 2018 at 5:14 PM

Mission Statement

We enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public space, cultural activities, and programming.

Vision Statement

We will improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment.


Equity. We are committed to equitable access to parks, facilities, and programs.

Exceptional Customer Experiences. We provide service that is responsive, professional, courteous, and accountable.

Safety. Our parks and facilities are safe, clean, and accessible.

Continuous Learning. We believe in lifelong learning for ourselves and our community. 

Integrity. We are honest, fair, and respectful in all interactions.

Civic Responsibility. As public servants, we strive to better the world around us.

View our Department's 2018-2023 Strategic Plan here.

Department Accreditation Award undefined

On October 13, 2004, the City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials. The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is evaluated every five years and has successfully received national re-accreditation from CAPRA in October 2009 and October 2014.

Fee Assistance

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities encourages participation in City programs from all City residents. If you, a member of your family or a friend would like to participate in programs or activities sponsored by this Department and are in need of fee assistance in order to participate, please contact the sponsoring program office for more detailed information. For general information, please call 703.746.5414 or TTY 703.838-4.902.

Customer Service Guarantee

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is committed to delivering a consistently superior customer experience to all who participate in programs or visit parks and facilities. RPCA's goal is to deliver service that is Responsive, Professional, Courteous and Accountable. Please tell us about your experience by completing an Experience Survey in person at any RPCA  Community Center, online or email RPCAcustomer.care@alexandriava.gov. Your feedback is important to us!

Recreation Center ID Policy

All participants/users of the City of Alexandria neighborhood recreation centers must be residents of the City, and are required to show proof of residency to register at the neighborhood recreation centers.

All participants at the center who are 13 years of age or older are required to have a recreation center photo identification (initial ID card provided free of charge) to gain entrance to the City's neighborhood recreation centers. A $5 fee will be charged to replace lost ID cards. ID cards are good for one year (July - June).

Participants/users must renew registration cards each year and are required to verify residency when doing so. The following is a list of the acceptable forms of identification to verify City residence:

  • Current Virginia driver's license with a current utility bill
  • Current picture ID along with a current lease, City issued document or utility bill
  • Current Alexandria School ID (students) and verification of parent's residency.
  • Parents residency may be verified as stated above.