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.
  1. Center News Flash

    Recreation Center Pool Temporarily Closes for Maintenance

    Pool resurfacing work needed at the James City County Recreation Center. Read on...
  2. Outdoor Pools

    County Outdoor Pools, Operating Hours Change

    Daily operating hours for the pools change Aug. 7 Read on...
  3. August Flash-07

    August Events

    Take advantage of the final days of summer with Parks & Recreation – join in the campfire socials, get creative ideas for your small yard or garden, team up for soccer or sign up for a variety of free health and wellness workshops and presentations. 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.