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Posted on: March 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Programs Canceled until May 30, Playgrounds Closed


Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events is doing what we can to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, keeping in mind the importance of movement and being outside for mental health.  Our parks and trails are open, but we feel it is necessary at this time to close down outdoor recreation facilities that encourage close physical contact, to include pickleball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts and our hockey rink.  Also keeping in mind that any public facility is only as clean as the last person who touched it, we feel it best to close down our playgrounds for the time being.  Beginning Thursday, March 26th you will see where our facilities have been locked, or blocked off or taped off and signage added to explain that these facilities are closed.  In the parks and on the trails that remain open you will see signage reminding everyone to please observe the CDC recommendations for limiting congregating activities to less than 10 people, and to continue to maintain the 6 foot distance for personal contact.  We want people outside, breathing the air and moving, just in their own space! 

At this time we are keeping our public restrooms open, cleaning and disinfecting them three times daily.  

Lastly, the department has cancelled all programs, sports and department-sponsored events through May 30th.   People who have registered for programs or leagues will be given a credit on their Parks and Recreation account that they may use for future programs, or may receive a refund if they request one. 

We are disappointed that we cannot provide the life enhancing services and opportunities that we normally offer our community, but our priority is to do our best to keep our community safe and as healthy as possible during this health crisis.

Programs and Activities Cancelled:

  • All youth sports including Soccer, Field Hockey, Inline Hockey and Baseball
  • All department sponsored classes, trips and events through May 30th
  • Summer Camp registration will be held in late April, to be announced.
  • Summer Activity Catalog will be published in late April, to be announced.

Closed to the public:

  • Dorothy Hart Community Center
  • Old Mill Park playground
  • Memorial Park playground, swings, tennis & pickle ball court, basketball court
  • Powhatan Park playground
  • Maury Park playground and basketball court
  • Dixon Park playground and roller hockey rink
  • W.L. Harris Park playground, basketball court and pavilion
  • Snowden Park baseball field, basketball court and playground
  • Alum Spring Park swings

 Currently open for users who follow CDC recommendations for preventing COVID-19:

  • Parks and trails 
  • Public restrooms

While using City parks, we remind you to follow CDC guidelines:

  1.  Stay home if you are sick
  2. No gatherings of more than 10 people
  3. Keep a distance of 6 feet from others
  4. Practice good hygiene

Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus!   For the latest updates and resources on the coronavirus, go to and

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