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Recreational Programs

  • Out of School Time Programs 
  • Pools 
  • Recreation Centers 
  • Seniors 
  • Special Events 
  • Sport Leagues & Activities  
  • Teens 
  • Therapeutic Recreation 


    The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities promotes clubs in the City of Alexandria and sponsors various clubs according to departmental guidelines. Sponsored clubs provide an accepted recreation/leisure type of wholesome activity. Currently, the following clubs are under our sponsorship:

    • Alexandria Coin Club
      Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 7-10 pm at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. Call 703.491.0336 for more information.
    • Olde Town Fencing Club
      Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 8-10pm at Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue.
    • Alexandria Harmonizers Barbershop Quartets and Chorus
      Meets every Tuesday night at 7 pm. For more information call 703.836.0969.
    • MYO SIM Kendo/Karate Club
      Japanese Kendo (fencing) and Iai (sword drawing) classes. New members welcome. The club meets every Monday from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street. For additional information call 301.262.5266 after 6 pm.
    • The Seaport Side Chorus, Alexandria Chapter of the Sweet Adelines International
      Meets each Wednesday night at 7pm at Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. For more information call 703.780.3580.
    • The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
      Meets every Wednesday from 8 - 10 pm at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron Street. For additional information to join or to take a class, call 703.719.0596

    For more information or any group interested in sponsorship by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, please call 703.746.5414.


    Birthday Packages

    • Chinquapin Party Packages 
      The Chinquapin park Recreation Center offers a variety of party packages to make your child’s next birthday one to remember. For additional information, call 703.746.5553. Packages include:
      • Swim Party - Children ages 5-12 Includes one hour of swimming and one hour use of the Party Room
      • Pizza & Swim Party - Children ages 5-12 Includes one hour of swimming, one hour use of the Party Room, and two large pizzas.
      • Soft Playroom Birthday Party - Children ages 5 & younger Includes one hour use of the Soft Playroom and the Party Room.
    • Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center Birthday Parties
      Consider the City's nature center for your child's next birthday party. Appropriate for ages 4 to 12, each 90 minute birthday party features live animals, a nature-oriented activity, and use of a private room. For booking information and forms, please call 703.746.5559.
      • Fee (residents): $125 for a party of up to 12 children. To secure a party date, prior registration and payment are required.



    Recreation Center Advisory Councils - A Way to Get Involved 

    • Charles Barrett Recreation Center
      3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm
      Call 703.746.5551 for information.
    • Charles Houston Recreation Center
      3rd Wednesday at 7 pm
      Call 703.746.5552 for information.
    • Cora Kelly Recreation Center
      3rd Wednesday at 7 pm
      Call 703.746.5554 for information.
    • Mount Vernon Recreation Center
      3rd Wed, 7 pm, 703.746.5556.
    • Nannie J. Lee Memorial Center
      2nd Monday at 7 pm
      Call 703.746.5550 for information.
    • Patrick Henry Recreation Center
      2nd Tuesday at 7 pm
      Call 703.746.5557 for information.
    • William Ramsay Recreation Center
      3rd Wednesday at 6:30 pm
      Call 703.746.5558 for information.

    Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please call the recreation center in your neighborhood or click here for additional information.


    1108 Jefferson St.
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Fax: 703.838.6344

    Office Hours
    8 am - 5 pm

    James B. Spengler