Parks & Recreation

About Us


James City County Parks & Recreation offers nationally recognized programs, parks and facilities! We offer more than 3,300 successful programs each year that provide opportunities for exercise and recreation, social interaction, learning, growth and relaxation; get outside and take in our 24 recreational sites including 17 parks and 1,592 acres of park land boasting historic, scenic and recreational sites; stay fit and achieve your health and wellness goals through 2 recreation centers offering year-round programming and staff support to keep you moving forward; and help us cultivate community through our volunteer, civic engagement, advertising and sponsorship programs. For more information on all offerings, please see the Parks and Recreation Activity Brochure.
Master Plan
The Parks & Recreation 2017 Master Plan was adopted by the James City County Board of Supervisors in April. Parks & Recreation began the update process last August, and we thank everyone who participated - your letters, calls, attendance at more than 10 community and focus group meetings and your completion of 572 service surveys provided valuable input in planning for our future. This guiding document sets forth our plan to provide the programs, services and facilities you’ve requested over the next five years and beyond, and complements the County’s Comprehensive Plan and Strategic Plan. Updating the master plan also moves Parks & Recreation within reach of becoming a nationally accredited department. Funding your requests for capital improvements and operational initiatives now becomes part of the County budget process, evaluated annually with implementation and spending approved by County Administration and the Board of Supervisors.
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    June Events

    From camping to kayaking, to learning about backyard birds, rains gardens, art, yoga and more...we invite you to explore all our County has to offer. Read on...
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    Freedom Park Trail Wins 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

    The awards program recognizes the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in the four categories of sustainability, environment project, land conservation and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. Read on...
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    Paddle Craft Storage Rental Space Available

    Need a place to store your canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards? Read on...
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Our Mission

We work in partnership with citizens to ensure responsive programs, facilities and open space which promote personal growth, social development and healthy lifestyles.

Our Vision

James City County Parks & Recreation strives to be recognized and viewed by the citizens of the County as providing high quality parks, trails, recreation facilities and programs that are safe, clean, accessible and affordable to people of all ages. Through this effort the Department will create a sense of community and place that connects citizens to a variety of recreation experiences while supporting economic development, health and wellness in a financially sustainable system.