Q: What Park & Recreation facilities are open as of May 23?
A: The open spaces in all of Arlington’s 148 parks will reopen on May 23. The County’s nearly 49 miles of trails and community gardens remain open, but Arlington residents must do their part to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing saves lives.
Q: What remains closed on May 23?
A: While park open areas, community gardens and trails are open, the following park amenities will remain closed due to health safety concerns:
- Athletic fields
- Batting cages
- Community and Nature Centers
- Dog parks
- Picnic Shelters
- Restrooms, including portable restrooms
- Skate park
Q: When will park amenities open?
A: Arlington anticipates a phased reopening of its Parks and Recreation facilities, with open spaces as a first step. In early June, the County plans to reopen athletic fields (with restrictions), batting cages, dog parks, pickleball courts, shelters (with restrictions), tennis courts and outdoor tracks. As the County looks towards reopening additional park amenities, we will continue to monitor guidance from the national, state and local health officials.
Q: What is allowed in the opened park spaces?
A: Please enjoy our open spaces to exercise, relax and enjoy nature and enjoy the company of the people in your household. Just be sure to social distance, wash your hands before and after enjoying the park, and we recommend that you wear a face mask.
Q: What is not allowed in the opened park spaces?
A: Groups of more than 10 are not allowed to congregate in our parks nor are organized sports allowed to be played at this time. Our regular park rules, including dogs should be on leash and no bikes on our natural trails remain.
Q: I was planning to hold an event at an outdoor rental facility (picnic shelter, fields, trails, etc.) in late July. Does this mean that will be canceled as well?
A: We will be opening our facilities and restoring programs in phases. We will continue to monitor national, state and local guidance in determining what and when to reopen our facilities. Sign up for our eNews to get updates.
Q: How will the County enforce the10–person gathering restriction?
A: Arlington County Police, park rangers, and park rovers will be monitoring parks, trails, playgrounds and fields to ensure people are social distancing and that groups are no bigger than 10 people. Call 703-228-7999 to report issues.
Q: Will Arlington Parks and Recreation provide any programming this summer?
A: We hope to provide modified programs consistent with national, state and local guidance. Look for a phased approached with programs and events when possible. Be sure to sign up for our eNews to get updates.
Parks & Recreation’s new Recreate at Home, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, offers a constantly updated list of fun and safe things to do at home and outside while practicing social distancing.
Q: What Parks & Recreation summer programs have been canceled?
The following programs have been canceled for the summer 2020 session:
- Enjoy Arlington classes
- 55+ programs, trips and classes
- Explore Nature & History programs
- Summer Basketball and Adult Pick-up Soccer and Soccer Clinics
- Summer Cooperative Playgroup