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On Saturday, December 20, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Lee Center complex, at 1108 Jefferson St., will be closed due to building system upgrades.

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Park Information




Alexandria Park Facts 

Founders Park 

Did you know the City of Alexandria has... 

  • Over 900 acres of protected open space, including public right of ways, privately owned public space and conservation easements, institutionally owned open space, and 566 acres of City owned park land
  • 17,000 Street Trees
  • 130 Flower Beds & Horticultural Sites
  • 62 Boat Slips at the City Marina
  • 49 Multi-use Athletic Fields (5 - synthetic)
  • 36 Playground Areas
  • 36 Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
    • 18 Full Court with 10-foot baskets
    • 2 Half Court with 10-foot baskets
    • 4 Youth Courts with 6-foor baskets 
  • 20 Miles of Trails
  • 18 Dog Parks (5 fenced and 13 unfenced)
  • 4 Picnic Shelters
  • 1 Indoor Pool
  • 3 Outdoor Pools

The Park Operations Division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities manages and maintains the park system within the City of Alexandria. For additional information, please call 703.746.5484.



The Adopt-a-Garden program is a cooperative venture between the City of Alexandria and its citizens. Through an agreement with the City, an individual, community, or group assumes responsibility for assisting in the maintenance of a garden located on public property.  The program was created after many involved citizens and organizations expressed interest in creating new gardens on city property or maintaining existing city gardens.

More Information and Application



The Adopt-a-Park program is a cooperative venture between the State of Virginia, the City of Alexandria, and Alexandrian citizens to improve the appearance and condition of Alexandria’s small urban parks and open spaces. Community groups monitor and clean up their park at least once a week from April through November. City officials visit these parks once a month and award points based on the park’s condition. At the season’s end, cash awards are made to participating groups based on the points earned. Award funds are frequently used by the organizations for park improvements such as benches, additional play equipment, drinking fountains, and landscaping.

More Information and Application


Athletic Field & Outdoor Court Reservations 

Athletic Field and Outdoor Court Request Form
Athletic Fields and Outdoor Courts may be reserved, and appropriate fees will be charged. To make a request to reserve a field or outdoor court, complete an Athletic Field and Outdoor Court Request Form by clicking here. To view the Fee Schedule, click here. For additional information, call 703.746.5402.

  • For field closure information, call 703.746.5597.




Park Rules and Regulations

Per City Code Section 6-1-8, the following rules and regulations apply to City of Alexandria Park facilities:

  • Park hours are from sunrise to sunset, except by permitted use
  • Dogs must be on a leash, except in designated areas, and handlers must clean up after their pet
  • Use trash cans to dispose of all waste
  • No amplified sound, except by permitted use
  • No alcoholic beverages

Additional rules at fields and active recreation sites 

  • No dogs allowed on fields
  • No golfing
  • Vehicles in designated areas only; the City of Alexandria is not responsible for damage to vehicles in this lot
  • No vehicle maintenance allowed on site
  • No soft toss on diamond fields

Additional rules in natural areas 

  • Stay on trails to protect native plants and to avoid poison ivy
  • Disturbing park wildlife or plants is prohibited

Additional rules in playgrounds 

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Children should use age-appropriate equipment
  • Avoid use of equipment when surfaces are wet or hot
  • Proper footwear required

Additional rules near Ponds 

  • Do not feed the wildlife
  • Do not allow your pet in the pond
  • No fishing in the pond
  • No entering the water

Additional rules along the waterfront 

  • Park hours are from 5am to 10pm, except by permitted use
  • No roller skates, rollerblades, or skateboards
  • No ball playing or thrown objects
  • No fishing in the marina area



1108 Jefferson St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6344

Office Hours
8 am - 5 pm

James B. Spengler