The Department of Parks and Recreation promotes wellness and vitality through dynamic programs and attractive public spaces. Our facilities range from parks, sports fields, nature and community centers to spraygrounds, playgrounds and a skate park. We are stewards to the County’s natural resources and provide affordable recreational programs and services for people of all ages, abilities and interests.
Arlington is a happy and healthy place to live, learn, work and play.
The Department of Parks and Recreation promotes wellness and vitality through dynamic programs and attractive public spaces.
Creativity, Integrity, Respect, Safety, Learning and Trust.
The Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation is one of 174 agencies nationwide to have received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 151 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials.
Public Spaces Vision
Arlington County envisions a network of publicly- and privately-owned public spaces that connect the County’s established neighborhoods and growing corridors to natural areas, protect valuable natural resources, provide opportunities for structured and casual recreation, and ensure access to the Potomac River, Four Mile Run, and their tributaries.
Public Information Statement
The Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to informing the community and the news media of events within the public domain that are handled by or involve the agency. The department is committed to a thorough and transparent process where information is shared among staff, community and the media so that a thoughtful give and take can develop and the best policies and programs come to the surface to benefit the greatest good. By all reasonable means the department will provide information in an accessible and timely manner. Media are directed to contact the Public Relations Director or the Public Relations Coordinators for all inquiries.