Effective, Saturday, May 23, 2020, Arlington County will reopen its 148 parks for limited use in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Virginia Governor’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While parks will reopen, amenities in the parks such as playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic courts, restrooms and dog parks will remain closed. The County’s nearly 49 miles of trails and community gardens remain open, as they have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need the community’s help in practicing safety guidelines so we can keep our parks open, and to allow staff the necessary time to prepare to open even more facilities and programs, when it’s safe to do so,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jane Rudolph. “As long as the community stays safe, we can stay open.”
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.
Park visitors are asked to adhere to the physical distancing and small group guidelines – keep at least six feet of distance from others and groups should not exceed 10 people. Don’t use any closed park amenities. Face masks in public are recommended where proper distancing is not possible. Don’t use parks if you are sick or recently exposed to COVID-19.
While park open areas, community gardens and trails are open, park amenities will remain closed due to health safety concerns. At this time, organized sports are not allowed in parks.
Summer Programs and Camps
All Arlington summer camps, classes and programs are canceled. The department will continue to explore opportunities to provide modified programs and services both virtually and in person as more of our park amenities and community centers reopen and safety guidelines loosen.
Parks & Recreation’s new Recreate at Home, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, offers a bi-weekly list of fun and safe things to do at home and outside while practicing social distancing.
Everyone should take personal responsibility and practice social distancing, wear face coverings and wash their hands frequently.