City of Alexandria, VA
The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to promote a vibrant, safe and attractive city of opportunity through the development of effective and efficient recreation programs, facilities and parks for all citizens and residents to enjoy.
Department Accreditation Award
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 received national re-accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) in October 2009.
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 703.746.4343 or TTY 703.838-4.902.
The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities offers citizens the opportunity to donate money and equipment to be used in enhancing the quality of programs offered to Alexandria residents. Any dollar amount is appropriate, and the donation is tax deductible. Please make checks payable to the city of Alexandria. The Department offers the following donation accounts:
The purpose of the Landscape Guidelines is to incorporate, up-front ecologically based planning as a means of improving the quality of the environment within the City while reducing maintenance requirements and costs over-time. The intent of the Landscape Guidelines is to provide predictable review expectations and processes for preservation of existing vegetation and proposed vegetation accompanying site disturbance and development.
The Landscape Guidelines establish minimum standards for the protection and preservation of existing vegetation; crown area coverage; installation and maintenance of proposed plantings-including street trees, site plantings, plantings above structure and plantings in parking and bioretention areas. The standards include reference sources for plant specification; project conditions and installation; advise on invasive species; post construction procedures and maintenance. Information in the Landscape Guidelines is not intended to replace, but to supplement applicable codes, ordinances and development procedures. In any given application the City may require additional improvements and plantings beyond the established minimums.
The Landscape Guidelines are intended for use by property owners, developers, and applicants seeking Site Plan, Plot Plan, Development Special Use Permit, and/or Special Use Permit approval within the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
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: