County Parks, Centers & Facilities Update
July 10, 2020
James City County and Virginia have entered Phase III restrictions for operations of our programs, parks, centers and facilities. While Phase III still carries many restrictions, additional amenities have reopened. Highlights include:
● Outdoor swimming pools at Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Upper County Park are open for recreational swims at reduced capacity.
● Playgrounds in County parks are open; however, six feet of physical distance must be maintained by all participants.
● Picnic shelters in County parks are available for private rentals at 50% capacity.
● All tennis and pickleball courts, public basketball courts, volleyball courts, athletic fields are open. Athletic fields at local schools remain closed. Ten feet of physical distance must be maintained by all participants and spectators of athletic activities.
● Competitive games can resume for most sports except football, and tournaments may be held at the Warhill Sports Complex.
● The Freedom Park Interpretive Center meeting room is available for private rentals at 50% capacity.
● All County park restrooms are open.
● Dogs must be leashed and under the complete and immediate control of their owner at all times.
● Water fountains in County Parks remain closed.
For more information on these and other parks amenity openings/reopenings, please Park by Park below.
The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center are open to regular operating hours. Reopening details and social distancing guidelines are available at https://jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/24983/Center-Operations-Plan-6-15-20-PDF.
Below is an overview of recent changes:
●All patrons will have their temperature taken by a thermal camera before entry. If your temperature is 100.4 F or higher you may not enter the facility.
●Patrons are required to wear a face covering for entry to the facility. It may be removed only when you are in the pool or exercising on a piece of equipment.
●Masks are required while using the track – 10 feet of required social distancing is not possible so there are no exceptions.
●Recreational swimming/family swim time is allowed through a reservation system and limited to three families per hour. A reservation system for lap swimming, water walking, family swim, aquatic fitness classes and cardio equipment is in place. Reservations for the week will open every Sunday at 1 p.m. In addition to calling the Front Desk for a reservation, online registration is now available. Click here to sign up.
●Indoor Land and Outdoor Water Fitness classes are underway. These classes will operate at a limited capacity to allow for social distancing. Click here for the schedule of land classes; visit water fitness classes for the list of aquatic offerings.
●The men’s, women’s and family locker rooms are open with limited capacity. Lockers are still closed.
●The Lounge, Child Watch, whirlpools, sauna, stretching room and basketball courts remain closed.
Legacy Hall is available for reservations at 50% capacity, which is based on the set up of the room. For more information, call 757-259-5410.
Summer Camps, Classes and Activities
Registration is open for summer camps, classes and activities. The summer activity is available online and details offerings through Sept. 30. Limited temporary hard copies are available at the Centers, the Satellite Services Office in Toano and Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Look for County-wide distribution of the final copy in mid-July at the James City County Recreation Center, the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, Satellite Services in Toano, Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Upper County Park and other department offices and community facilities as they reopen to the public.
Park by Park Amenities
Please remember COVID-19 social distancing guidelines are still in effect:
Brickyard Landing, 990 Brickyard Road (off Forge Road)
Open: public boat ramp
Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway
Open: Campground is open for all length of camp stays. All restrooms are open. Campers can make reservations and complete other transactions by calling 757-258-5020 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. The Guest Services service window is open daily open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily for paddlecraft rentals, the sale of ice, firewood and other transactions.
The outdoor swimming pool is open for recreational swim. 60 patron capacity, first-come, first-served. Once capacity has been met, patrons will go on a waiting list and may wait in nearby shelters for their party to be called by staff. Operating Hours are weekdays noon-6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The splash pad, slides and baby pool remain closed. For more information, visit us online.
Closed: Chickahominy Riverfront Park Guest Services/Store is closed to public traffic (service window open).
Diascund Reservoir Park, 9551 Diascund Reservoir Road
Open: boating access & fishing
Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
Open: mountain biking, hiking, walking, nature trail & open space, playground
Closed: Interpretive Center to public traffic.
Greensprings Interpretive Trail, 3751 John Tyler Highway
Open: ADA accessible trail, hiking, running & wildlife viewing (no bikes)
Ironbound Park, 150 Carriage Road
Open: ADA accessible walking trail, playground, basketball court
James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road
Open: The James City County Marina Store is open daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Customers are required to wear face coverings/masks to enter the store; guest without a mask should continue to use the service window. Paddle craft and bike rentals, restrooms, showers, wildlife viewing
James City County Recreation Center Park, 5301 Longhill Road
Open: mulituse trails for hiking, biking & jogging, playground, athletic fields
Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road
● group sports (such as volleyball, football, Frisbees, etc.) on the sandy beach
● grilling (personal/park grills)
● use of tents larger than 10’x10’ or group umbrellas
Parking is available, but limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the park reaches vehicle capacity, no other vehicles are permitted in unless one leaves—there will be no pick-up or drop-off once capacity is reached. Nonresident parking fees are in effect through Labor Day, for details visit https://jamescitycountyva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4009
Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Lakeview Drive
Open: mulituse trails for hiking, biking and jogging, boat launch & fishing, playground. The Park store is open daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for boat rentals, boat ramp passes, concessions, and other transactions.
Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway, 1831 Jamestown Road
Open: fishing, small watercraft launch & wildlife viewing
Powhatan Creek Trail, 3131 Ironbound Road
Open: mulituse trails for walking, running, cycling & wildlife viewing
Skate Park, 5301 Longhill Road
Open: Occupancy limited to 50. Ten feet of physical distance must be maintained by all participants and spectators.
Upper County Park, 180 Leisure Road/Toano
The outdoor swimming pool is open for recreational swim. 50 patron capacity, first-come, first-served. Once capacity has been met, patrons will go on a waiting list and may wait in nearby shelters for their party to be called by staff. Operating hours are weekdays noon-6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mountain biking and mulituse trails for hiking, biking and jogging & open space, playground.
Veterans Park (Kidsburg), 3793 Ironbound Road
Open: ADA accessible multiuse trails for hiking, biking & jogging, Kidsburg, pickleball courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts
Warhill Sports Complex, 4900 Stadium Road
Open: mulituse trails for hiking, biking and jogging, shoreline fishing & open space, playgrounds, basketball courts, athletic fields
Competitive games can resume for most sports except football, and tournaments may be held at the Warhill Sports Complex with field rentals limited to stay under the following capacities:
Sanford B. Wanner Stadium: 250
Multi-use fields: 1,000
Baseball fields: 1,000
Concessions will not be permitted during Phase III.