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The Government Center will be closed to the public as of 5 pm, March 20, 2020. Please go to

COVID-19 Resources for Government Center Services and Updates

Most services can be done online, over the phone, and through email. Don't see what you need? Call 540-245-5600. Staff is still here to help.

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 COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations

Cancelations: 

Updated March 20

Effective immediately, the department is canceling all programs, activities, trips, and reservations through April 30th. Full refunds will be issued for all cancelations and staff will email notifications once your refund has been processed. Payments made by credit card will be refunded to the credit card. Cash or check payments will be issued by check.  Please allow 2-4 weeks for the refund check to be mailed.

All registrations, rentals, reservations, and payments continue to be suspended until further notice. As soon as this action is reversed, notification will be sent through the Rec Report, Facebook, and our website. Please be sure to monitor those channels so you know when normal operations resume.

In an effort to protect the public and County of Augusta employees from the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government Center will be closing to the public at 5:00 pm today, March 20, 2020, until further notice. We are still available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm by phone at 540-245-5727 or by email at parksrec@co.augusta.va.us

Specific Cancelations:
  • The River Access Public Meeting originally scheduled for March 25th is canceled. Further information will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page as we will be collecting input electronically.
  • Parks and open spaces can be used at your own risk, but we would like to emphasize that they should be used for passive recreation, and that organized group activities are not allowed. Additionally, all public bathrooms at our parks will remain closed until further notice. Shelters and playground equipment should also be used at your own risk as we cannot adequately sanitize those facilities.

What can you do?

There are plenty of ways to stay healthy and active while still following federal, state, and local mandates and recommendations on social distancing. 

Stay Active!

Physical activity is key to long-term health for everyone. Regular physical activity prevents chronic disease, controls weight, strengthens muscles, improves mental health, reduces stress, improves sleep, and more! COVID-19 has certainly impacted group activities and structures programs, but we encourage you to continue staying active both at home and at your local park! Find out which park is closest to you on our Parks & Facilities page

We know that keeping kids active while school is not in session can be quite a challenge. We've compiled a few resources you can check out below for creative ways to engage your children, help them burn some energy throughout the day, and connect as a family during this unusual time. 

Take Time for Mindfulness and Self-Care

The COVID-19 outbreak is stressful for everyone. A great way to manage the stress and anxiety of this outbreak is to take time to implement mindfulness and self-care practices into your daily routine. Whether it's 5 minutes or an hour, take time away from your news feed and find a way to relax. This can look different for everyone so find what works for you! Make time for a workout, spend time outdoors to get a breath of fresh air, settle down and read a book, or explore a new hobby. 

Practice Good Hygiene

You've heard it before, but we're saying it again-wash your hands! Maintaining good hygiene is crucial to control this outbreak. Make sure to check out CDC's recommendations on how to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, staying home when you are sick, covering your cough and sneeze with tissues, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly.

 

Welcome to Augusta County Parks and Recreation

We believe that learning and playing are lifelong endeavors and vital to overall health and wellness. Our department is dedicated to providing a variety of quality recreational and leisure opportunities to the citizens of Augusta County.  

If you're looking for a creative outlet, a challenging adventure, a means to stay fit and healthy, or an activity to further your child's development, you have come to the right place! We maintain several parks and facilities throughout the county that can host a wide range of activities. Our trip offerings take you to amazing places both within our state and beyond.

Join us for a new adventure today! 

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address
18 Government Center Ln
P.O. Box 590
Verona, VA 24482 

Office: 540-245-5727
Fax: 540-245-5732
Weather Hotline: 540-294-4219

Email: parksrec@co.augusta.va.us

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.