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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. Community groups can use the awards to fund their own activities or donate them towards park improvements such as benches, additional play equipment, drinking fountains, and landscaping.

How do participants benefit?

  • Adopt-a-Park provides citizens an opportunity to volunteer and improve their park and environment. Your organization can benefit through an increased sense of ownership and involvement in your community. The once-a-month inspections lead to cash awards at the end of the season.

Who can participate?

  • Permanently established community or public organizations, businesses, or government entities within the City of Alexandria can participate. Groups will need a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to receive the monetary award at the end of the season.

How do I get my group involved?

  • Submit an Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Application to the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities for review and a Department representative will contact you shortly. Applications may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to: 

Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities
Attn: K. Charlotte Nourse, Park Manager
Park Operations Division
2900-A Business Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4645 (O)
703.746.4668 (F)


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 and handlers must clean up after their pet
  • Use trash cans to dispose of all waste. Do not put trash around the outside of the container.
  • No amplified sound, except by permitted use
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicles only permitted in designated parking areas; the City of Alexandria is not responsible for damage to vehicles in this lot
  • No dogs allowed on courts
  • No dogs allowed in sensitive historic areas

Additional rules for parks with athletic fields/active recreation sites

  • Park rules prohibit:

    • Dogs on field
    • Golfing
    • Vehicle maintenance
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Amplified sound, except by permitted use
    • 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
  • Keep play equipment and its perimeters free of obstructions and loose objects 
  • Children should use age-appropriate equipment
  • Avoid use of equipment when surfaces are wet or hot
  • Proper footwear required
  • Playground rules prohibit:
    • Dogs in playground area
    • Amplified sound, except by permitted use
    • Glass or other breakable objects
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Bicycles, skateboards or roller skates
    • Outside toys left in the playground area

Additional rules near ponds and streambeds

  • Park rules prohibit:

    • Amplified sound, except by permitted use 
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Feeding the wildlife
    • Allowing your pet in the water
    • Fishing
    • Entering the water

Additional rules along the waterfront 

  • Park hours are from 5am to 10pm, except by permitted use
  • Park rules prohibit:

    • Amplified sound, except by permitted use 
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Bicycles, Roller skates, rollerblades, or skateboards
    • Commercial activity, except by permitted use
    • Fishing except where posted