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Address:
1209 Admiral Street 
Richmond, VA
23220 USA

Email: Ask Parks and Recreation

Phone(804) 646-5733

Inclement Weather Line Number: (804) 646-0751

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Athletics Division

Administration Office
1209 Admiral Street
Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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Phone: (804)646-5733,
Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

Boxing, aerobics, swimming, football, soccer, basketball, baseball... when it comes to sports, Parks and Recreation has something for everyone.

The Department offers an array of seasonal competitive and non-competitive sports for city residents. In addition to team and individual sports, we offer a variety of fitness, dance, and health-related classes and activities at sites throughout the City, for a complete listing see the Program Guide.

The First Tee Golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, and sports facilities are just some of our exciting sports venues.

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The available athletic activities are listed below:

    Aerobics

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Many community centers offer aerobic sessions tailored for adults and youth. Download the Activities Guide and the Pine Camp Guide to get class schedules.

    Exercise is For Everyone

    Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities offers something for everyone - including aerobics for the elderly and disabled. We have three different aerobic programs that can be practiced by individuals who are unable to withstand the stress that conventional aerobics puts on the legs. The three programs are Chair Aerobics, Walker Aerobics, Water Aerobics.

    Don't let a disability keep you from leading an active and healthy life.

    Water Aerobics

    These fun-filled classes are great for your health. Soothe those aching joints in warm water and have loads of fun in the process! Water aerobics is good for the heart, weight loss, arthritis, and other ailments common to senior citizens.

    The classes are held at:
    Swansboro Pool
    3160 Midlothian Tuenpike
    Richmond, VA 23224

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    Phone: (804)646-8088

    Senior Adult Water Aerobics Classes:(55 & older)

    Monday - Thursday:
    Class I       8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    Class II   10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

    For more information, please call Swansboro Pool.

    Youth Basketball

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Registration

    More than 800 children participate in the city's basketball program. Teams for boys and girls, ages 5 - 15, can be found at most community centers. Registration for youth basketball leagues will begin in December with league play beginning in January and going through March.

    For more information, contact your neighborhood community center or call (804)646-1175.

    Registration: December
    Play: January - March
    Registration Fee: $25

    Youth Baseball

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Registration

    Registration occurs annually in the month of March.

    League Age Range Season Length
    T-Ball Ages 5 - 6 Play: May - June
    Coach Pitch Ages 7 - 8 Play: May - June
    Minors Ages 9 - 10 Play: May - June
    Majors Ages 11 - 12 Play: May - June
    Juniors Ages 13 - 15 Play: May - June
    Girls Ages 9 - 17 Play: May - June

    The season ends with the City Championship finals and Annual Baseball Bash.

    Softball

    Youth between the ages of 8 and 15 interested in playing softball should contact their local Community Center.

    Adult Softball Leagues

    Adults interested in playing softball or forming leagues should contact the Amateur Softball Association at
    (804)266-8317. The association coordinates adult leagues at city facilities.

    Boxing

    COBRA BOXING
    Southside Community Center
    6155 Old Warwick Road
    Richmond, VA 23224

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    Phone: (804)937-2612

    Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and the Richmond Police Athletic League (PAL) operate the boxing program.

    Coached by a certified USA Amateur Boxing Federation (USA Boxing) Instructors - the Boxing Program operates out of the SCOR building.

    For more information please contact us at (804)646-1175.

    Cheerleading

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Registration

    Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities cheerleading squads are made up of girls and boys, ages 17 and younger. They are formed at all community centers sponsoring football and basketball teams. Squads attend sporting events and also attend summer and fall cheering clinics.

    Under the leadership of volunteer trainers, the squads also practice regularly and cheer for their teams each Saturday during football season. Participation in the program is free and all interested youth are welcomed.

    Each year the cheerleaders participate in a citywide Cheering Jamboree at the Altria Theatre.

    Cheerleading Registration
    Mid - August and Early December
    Ages 5 - 17
    Play: September - November and January - March
    Cost: $25 per youth.

    For more information about cheerleading, contact (804)646-1441.

    Disc Golf

    Gillies Creek   &   Bryan Park

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Registration

    The City of Richmond is full of many hidden treasures! One of which happens to be the Gillies Creek Park system. Located on the City's east side just off of Stoney Run Drive and Williamsburg Road. Gillies Creek Park has an abundance of activities to offer, some of which are refreshingly different.

    Gillies Creek Park sports an 18 hole "Disc Golf Course". Disc Golf is golf played with a Frisbee type disc which is hurled through the air into a chain linked basket to score points. The least amount of putts (throws) it takes a golfer to land the disc into the basket, the faster they can proceed to the next hole (basket location). The game takes about an hour to play and covers a distance of about a mile.

    A disc golf course has also been added to Bryan Park.

    For more information contact, (804)232-1982.

    Fitness Trails

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    The department maintains several fitness trails. Users may either run or walk through the courses. You will also notice that the trails provide written exercise instructions throughout various intervals.

    Trails are located at:

    Football

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Youth Football

    The department offers an excellent football program for city youth. The program boasts many successes, including Brian Still, who went on to become a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers. Our long standing program is not just about football, but also about helping our youth realize their full potential and achieve their dreams. It is known that sports can motivate youth to realize the importance of academic achievement and teach them the importance of life skills, such as team building, dedication, responsibility and discipline. In addition to the athletic component, the football program also focuses on life skills, duty, safety, education and academics. Each participating community center offers an excellent coaching staff.

    More than 35 neighborhood teams compete citywide. No experience is necessary. Instruction is provided. The season opens with the annual Football Classic in early September. A coach's clinic is offered in late August. If you are interested in being on a team, assisting us with coaching or being a team sponsor, contact the center supervisor at your local community center.

    Registration: Mid June
    Ages: 9 - 15
    Play: September - November
    Cost: $25 per youth

    For more information regarding our football program, contact (804)646-1175.

    Adult Sports Football League (ASL)

    To become an ASL member, individuals can download and complete one of the forms below and deliver to:
    700 Blanton Avenue
    Richmond, Virginia 23221

    Registration: Early - March (first week)
    Play: April - May
    Cost: $20 per individual / Non-city residents: $40

     

    For more information regarding our ASL program, contact (804)646-1441.

    Youth Golf

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751
     

    The city's Youth Golf Program is for youth between the ages of 8 and 15. The program has over 350 participants. Registration starts in June at most of the community centers.

    The golf program is held during the weekdays and ends in August. There are two golf levels: Introductory Level and the Challenged Golf League. For more information on the golf program, call (804)646-1175.

    Hook-A-Kid on Golf

    Hook-A-Kid on Golf is a component of the Department's Golf Program. This program is co-sponsored by the Richmond Recreation & Parks Foundation. Register at your local community center or call (804)646-1115.

    Challenge Golf League

    This league is for former Hook-A-Kid on Golf participants. The league typically starts in June. For more information, call (804)646-1115.

    First Tee Course

    The First Tee of Richmond sponsors the Elson Redmond Memorial Golf Facility, conveniently located just north of the Interstate Highways (I-64 & I-95) off of the Chamberlayne Avenue exit. For directions or more information, call (804)646-4074.

    First Tee Youth Golf Course
    400 School Street
    Richmond, VA 23222

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    Features of the year-round facility include:

    • A driving range with multiple grass tees
    • 18 heated covered tees
    • A practice putting green and chipping green with sand trap
    • A six-hole (par three) adult course
    • A clubhouse with a pro-shop
    • Snack shop and an indoor instructional tee.

    It is open from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. seven days a week, except for some Sundays. Winter hours start December 1st and are 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week.

    Individual Fees: $6.50 for a small basket of balls and $11.00 for a large basket of balls.

    A variety of programs that include life skills as well as golf skills will by offered for children, taught by Professional Golf Association ( PGA ) members. Discount card and memberships are also available.

    First Tee youth seasonal schedule of programs

    First Tee Golf Levels, Descriptions and Practice Requirements
    Level Level Name Age Group Performance Cost $ Practice Required
    I Little Legends 5 - 6 Basic Introduction Skills $60 per season 2 - 3 days per week
    II PLAYer 7 - 9 Beginning Fundamentals $75 per season 2 - 3 days per week
    III Player 10+ 10 - 17 Basic Fundamentals $75 per season 2 - 3 days per week
    IV Par All age groups Must meet skill expectations $75 per season 2 - 3 days per week
    V Birdie All age groups Must meet skill expectations $75 per season 1 - 2 days per week
    VI Eagle All age groups Must meet skill expectations $75 per season 1 - 2 days per week
    VII Ace All age groups Must meet skill expectations $75 per season 1 - 2 days per week
    First Tee Golf Schedule (Seasonal)
    Level / Type Day Begin Time End Time
    Birdie / Eagle / Ace Saturday 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
    Little Legends Tuesday 5:45 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
    Little Legends Saturday 9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
    Par Wednesday 5:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
    Par Saturday 11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
    PLAYer Tuesday 6:45 p.m. 7:45 p.m.
    PLAYer Wednesday 4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
    PLAYer Saturday 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
    Player 10+ Thursday 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
    Skills Practice (Any Level) Thursday 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
    Skills Practice (Any Level) Saturday 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

    Call (804)646-4074 or (804)646-1115 for more information.

    Hiking

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

    Hiking Trails
    Location Name Address / MapIt! Zip / Area Telephone # Days / Hours Council
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    Belle Isle 2099 Riverside Drive 23225 (804)646-8911 Sunrise to Sunset 5
    Bryan Park 4308 Hermitage Road 23227 (804)646-0036 Sunrise to Sunset 3
    Byrd Park 600 South Boulevard 23220 (804)646-0761 Sunrise to Sunset 5
    Forest Hill Park 4021 Forest Hill Avenue 23225 (804)646-0761 Sunrise to Sunset 4
    Huguenot Flatwater Park 8600 Southampton Road 23235 (804)646-8911 Sunrise to Sunset 4
    James River Flood Wall 101 Hull Street 23224 (804)646-7000 Sunrise to Sunset 4
    James River Park 4301 Riverside Drive 23219 (804)646-8911 Sunrise to Sunset 4
    Maymont Park 2201 Shields Lake Drive 23220 (804)358-7166 Sunrise to Sunset 5
    Oregon Hill Park / Overlook 799 South Pine Street 23220 (804)646-5733 Sunrise to Sunset 5
    Pine Camp 4901 Old Brook Road 23227 (804)646-3672 Sunrise to Sunset 3
    Pony Pasture Rapids Park 7200 Riverside Drive 23225 (804)646-8911 Sunrise to Sunset 4
    Powhite Park 7200 Powhite Park Trails 23225 (804)646-5733 Sunrise to Sunset 4

    Belle Isle

     

    Parking & footbridge to Belle Isle at Tredegar Street. One mile loop trail - woodlands, meadows, interpretive signs, scenic walk alongside rocks and rapids.

    Bryan Park

     

    Hermitage Road and Westbrook Avenue; one trail, 1 mile. Parkland around lake.

    Byrd Park

     

    South end of the Boulevard- two trails, 1.3 miles, three lakes and grassy fields

    Forest Hill Park

     

    Forest Hill Avenue and 34th Street and 41st; two trails, 1.5 miles, lake, stream, grassy hills and woodlands, excellent mountain biking routes through forest.

    Huguenot Flatwater Park

     

    On Riverside Drive at the south end of Huguenot Bridge - one trail along river, 1.5 miles. Along a quiet section of river with excellent fishing.

    James River Flood Wall

     

    South end of Manchester Bridge, 1.25 miles. Scenic views of city skyline along the river, wheelchair accessible at western section starting under Manchester Bridge.

    James River Park Main Area

     

    On Riverside Drive Lee Bridge to Boulevard Bridge: five trails, 5.3 miles. Woodlands and fields. Easy biking along the river with challenging mountain bike trails.

    Maymont Park

     

    Between the Boulevard and Hampton Street, four trails, 4 miles. Parkland and gardens.

    Oregon Hill Park / Overlook

     

    Riverview overlook on the edge of Oregon Hill Parkway between South Cherry Street and South Pine Street. Excellent views of river. Access to North Bank Trail located between Leigh Bridge to Boulevard Bridge, for 2 miles, via Texas Avenue and Kansas Avenue.

    Pine Camp

     

    Azalea Avenue and Old Brook Road, two trails, 1.8 miles. Fields and woodlands.

    Pony Pasture Rapids Park

     

    7200 Riverside Drive, 1 mile West of Huguenot Bridge - four trails, 3.5 miles. Fields and woodlands. Easy biking, good fishing and scenic rocks and rapids.

    Powhite Park

     

    Chippenham Parkway and Jahnke Road, three trails, 1.5 miles. Fields, woodlands, stream and steep hills. Excellent mountain biking.

    Rafting

    If interested in rafting on the James, please contact the businesses below for more information:

    River City Adventures

    Travis Bayes or Travis Dodge
    River City Adventures
    100 Stockton Street
    Richmond, VA 23224
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    (804)233-4000

    Riverside Outfitters

    Matt Perry
    Riverside Outfitters
    6836 Old Westham Road
    Richmond, VA 23225
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    (804)560-0068

    Sledding

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Sledding is allowed in all the city parks after snowfalls during the winter. Sledding on sheets of metal or similarly dangerous material or the use of any sort of mechanized devices on the slopes is prohibited. All parks close at dusk and sledding is prohibited after the park closes.

    For more information about sledding rules and regulations contact, (804)646-5733.

    Youth Soccer

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Each year, over 2,000 players participate in soccer. With a six-field complex, the department coordinates play for more than 100 soccer teams.

    Soccer leagues are formed in the fall and spring.

    Team members practice daily after school and play scheduled games at designated fields on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Players are divided into teams by ages. The House League is for youth ages 5 through 14. The league is comprised of participants from playgrounds, community centers and schools.

    For the more advanced soccer player, travel soccer teams have been developed for boys and girls ages 8 - 16.

    For additional information on soccer programs contact your local community center or call (804)646-1126.

    Travel Soccer Team

    The Travel Soccer Team is for the more advanced soccer player, youth ages 8 - 16, the City of Richmond and
    Richmond Kickers sponsor the following travel teams: U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and Girls U11 & U12.

    The travel soccer teams compete in the Richmond Metropolitan Youth Soccer League and Football Club Richmond and are coached by professional members from the Richmond Kickers.

    For more information on soccer, call (804)646-1175.

     

    Tennis

    Administration Office
    1209 Admiral Street
    Richmond, VA 23220-1701

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    Phone: (804)646-5733,
    Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751
     

    Tennis enthusiasts throughout the city play year-round on more than 140 courts maintained by the department. The city's tennis program serves youth ages 6-17. Our tennis program operates during the spring and summer with lessons offered at the following locations:

    Tennis Courts
    Location Address / MapIt! Zip / Area Telephone # Days / Hours Council
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    Battery Park 2803 Dupont Circle 23222 (804)646-0944 Sunrise to Sunset 3
    Byrd Park 600 South Boulevard 23220 (804)646-0761 Sunrise to Sunset 5
    Powhatan Community Center 5051 Northampton Street 23231 (804)646-0973 Sunrise to Sunset 7
    Westover Community Center 1301 Jahnke Road 23235 (804)646-8995 Sunrise to Sunset 4

    Adult lessons are also offered at various locations. The department works with area tennis associations and enthusiasts on a year round basis. The department also co-sponsors the Davenport Tennis Championships each May for adult and youth players.

    For additional information call (804)646-1208.

    To reserve a court, contact our scheduling office at (804)646-0761.