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The Government Center is open to the public. We ask that you continue to use the remote methods of doing business, including online, over the phone, and through the drop-box and drive-through window. Please follow the safety measures posted and wear a mask in the building. Check COVID-19 Resources for Government Center Services and Updates for the latest information. As always, call 540-245-5600 - we are here to help.

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 COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations

Updated June 30

Our highest priority continues to be the safety of all our guests and staff. It is important to understand that, even when facilities and programs are available, there will likely be additional guidelines to follow that may be beyond the standard. 

Current announcements and updates regarding Parks and Recreation activities include:

  •  The campground and swimming pool at Natural Chimneys Park remain closed.  We will provide at least a two-day notice before we begin to take campground reservations.  
  • Arrangements for the RecCreate program for the 2020-2021 school year are still in progress.  The program will not begin earlier than the start of the school year, which is currently set for Tuesday, August 18.  More details on the availability of the program and an opening registration date will be announced as soon as decided upon.
  • All scheduled special events through August are cancelled. 
  • The swimming pool at Stuarts Draft Park will not open for the 2020 season.  Swim lessons and the Stuarts Draft Dolphins swim team will not be offered.
  • The Red Wing Roots Music Festival, hosted at Natural Chimneys Park, has been postponed until July 9-11, 2021.
  • All registrations and reservations continue to be suspended until further notice.

All parks and trails continue to remain open for use.  Some specific amenities within the parks reopened as of Friday, June 19 including:

  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic shelters/pavilions - will be available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis with no reservations being taken and no fees collected.  User group size should not exceed the capacity of the shelter or 50 persons, whichever is less.
  • Basketball courts and ballfields - will be available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis with no reservations being taken and no fees collected.  User group size (participants and spectators) should not exceed 50 persons.

Public restrooms will remain closed at all parks. Please prepare for no access to restrooms and water fountains. Bring hand sanitizer or wipes for personal use as well as water bottles.

Additional guidelines and recommendations will be posted at each amenity.  Please take the time to review those and do your part to help ensure that we are able to keep these amenities and our parks accessible.

Please stay tuned and monitor our website, your email and our Facebook page frequently as we plan to roll out recreational opportunities in the future.  This might be the ideal opportunity to sign up for our E-newsletter, the Rec Report, which is digitally published and emailed at least monthly.  This is also where you will find our earliest programming announcements once they are set. Sign up for the monthly RecReport.   

Our offices are open and staff are working diligently to keep measures in place and secure the resources needed to make all facilities, amenities, programs and events accessible when safe and permitted to do so.  We are available in our office Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and by phone at 540-245-5727 or by email at parksrec@co.augusta.va.us.

We encourage you to follow the guidelines in the below graphic from the National Recreation and Park Association in regards to using our parks while maintain social distancing.

NRPA Covid-19 Graphic

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

Interested in more than just a walk? Take a hike! Just be aware that some federal and state facilities have been closed off. We strongly recommend that you try to find more off-the-beaten-path trails in order to avoid crowding the more popular places. Just be sure to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return before you head out. Find great trails here! https://www.hikingupward.com/

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.