Recreation and Parks


The city provides 43 tennis courts, 30 basketball courts, 65 multiuse fields, seven swimming pools, eight recreation centers, and a major fitness complex, the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center. The city sponsors men's, women's, and coed amateur sports competitions in basketball, volleyball, and softball. Alexandria golfers enjoy more than 16 golf courses that are located within 10 miles of the city. Public recreation is well supplemented by many private athletic clubs in the city.

Neighborhood Centers

  • Charles Barrett Recreation Center
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center
  • Cora Kelly Recreation Center
  • Mount Vernon Recreation Center
  • Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center

Specialty Centers

  • Chinquapin Park Recreation Center
  • Durant Arts Center
  • Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center
  • Lee Center


Alexandria maintains more than 929 acres of park and recreation space, including much of the parkland along the Potomac River. One of the best-known parks is the Fort Ward Museum and Historical Site containing a Civil War-period fort and surrounding grounds, much of which is devoted to spectacular azalea gardens. The Dora Kelley Nature Park contains 50 acres and is a habitat to numerous species of wildlife—particularly unique for an urban setting. A nature center is located in the park and offers educational programs and live animal exhibits.

The National Park Service maintains the Mount Vernon Trail, a 17-mile paved trail running along the Potomac River from Mount Vernon south of the City to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The trail is a popular recreation resource for bikers, joggers, and walkers, and numerous picnic and fishing spots are also available. The Northern Virginia Park Authority operates Cameron Run Regional Park, which includes a manmade lake, a picnic area, a wave pool, a waterslide, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Alexandria is 15 minutes from Great Falls Park and convenient to the breathtaking 17,000-acre Prince William National Forest and Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.

For more information about recreation and parks, as well as upcoming events and programs, visit the City’s Recreation Parks & Cultural Activities page.

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