Parks & Recreation

About Us

James City County Parks & Recreation offers nationally recognized programs, parks and facilities! We offer more than 3,300 successful programs each year that provide opportunities for exercise and recreation, social interaction, learning, growth and relaxation; get outside and take in our 22 parks encompassing more than 1,700 acres of park land boasting historic, scenic and recreational sites; stay fit and achieve your health and wellness goals through 2 recreation centers offering year-round programming and staff support to keep you moving forward; and help us cultivate community through our volunteer, civic engagement, advertising and sponsorship programs. For more information on all offerings, please see the Parks and Recreation Activity Brochure.
Master Plan

Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update

Thanks to everyone who took time to participate in the Master Plan update process – your letters, calls and your attendance at more than 10 community and focus group meetings in November helped us to move forward in planning for our future. A draft of the Master Plan is available for your review. Please take time to review the progress we’ve made, and the plan to provide the programs, services and facilities that you’ve requested over the next 5 years and beyond.
If we haven’t detailed your needs in the draft plan, there’s still time to share your thoughts – write us at and let us know what you’d like to see in the future of parks and recreation. The draft Master Plan goes before the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission in February, the James City County Planning Commission in March and then to the James City County Board of Supervisors in April. Check here periodically for the latest updates as we move toward the future.

Our Mission

We work in partnership with citizens to ensure responsive programs, facilities and open space which promote personal growth, social development and healthy lifestyles.

Our Vision

James City County Parks & Recreation strives to be recognized and viewed by the citizens of the County as providing high quality parks, trails, recreation facilities and programs that are safe, clean, accessible and affordable to people of all ages. Through this effort the Department will create a sense of community and place that connects citizens to a variety of recreation experiences while supporting economic development, health and wellness in a financially sustainable system.
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    Destination Recreation Expo, Free!

    Your family’s one-stop shop to all Parks & Recreation has to offer! Register early for summer camp and get your advance copy of the Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer 2017 activity brochure. Read on...
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    Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update

    A draft of the 2017 Master Plan is available for review. Read on...
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    February Events

    Make February a sweet success - get out and get heart healthy! Over 300 fitness classes offered, let your preschooler learn chocolate-making, embrace our history at Freedom Park and get a heart start on summer at the Destination Recreation Expo! Read on...
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    Fall/Winter Brochure Available!

    James City County's Destination Recreation Brochure highlights Parks and Recreation's activities, classes, events and programs through February! Read on...
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