P & R Times
Department Earns Accredidation

James City County Parks & Recreation Earns National Accreditation

James City County joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation. A team of department staff were recognized by the Board of Supervisors (below) in November for their efforts in steering the yearlong accreditation process. This team, serving as goal area chairs, ensured the department met the rigorous requirements related to the ten goal areas and the more than 150 standards. National accreditation is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. Special thanks to the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission and to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission for their leadership and support during the accreditation process. Read more about the Parks & Recreation accreditation.

BOS and Capra Team
Above, l-r: Alister Perkinson, Recreation Operations Coordinator, Freedom Park; Ryan Akens, Site Manager, Go Ape! Williamsburg; and Tracy Newsom.

Award Winning Staff & Partners!

Parks & Recreation received top honors from the Virginia Recreation & Park Society (VRPS), recognized with two service awards during the Society’s Annual Conference (left) in October. Inclusion Coordinator Tracy Newsom received the New Outstanding Professional award honor for her passion and advocacy in ensuring her annual caseload of more than 400 clients with disabilities successfully participated in recreational programs, facilities and services. The Distinguished Private Sector Service Award was earned by Go Ape!, for their many project partnerships in Freedom Park. The awards were in the population category of 51,000-100,000. The prestigious VRPS awards program recognizes individuals, agencies and organizations within the state as the best in business.

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

The Department also received the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Multiuse Trail 3 at Freedom Park. The Trail was recognized as a significant environmental and conservation leader in the four categories of sustainability, environment project, land conservation and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The Trail was honored for its contributions in connecting neighborhoods, schools and community for exercise and nature. The award was presented (below) at Environment Virginia, an annual conference held at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.

Governors Award
Accepting the Environmental Excellence Award are Alister Perkinson, Freedom Park Operations Coordinator and Barry Moses, Capital Projects Coordinator for General Services. They are pictured with l-r: Clyde Cristman, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation Director; Molly Joseph Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources; Perkinson; Moses; and David Paylor, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Director.
Life Saving Award

Life Saving Award

Three County seasonal lifeguards - Trish Patton, Zach Clevinger and Sam VanTassel - were recognized with a Life Saving Award presented by the Board of Supervisors (left) in September. The three were thanked for their heroic efforts in successfully saving a 5-year-old child from drowning at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Life Evac helicopter paramedics, County Emergency Medical Technicians and nurses from VCU also presented (below) the lifeguards with plaques and gifts. 

LifeSaving Award
Life Saving Award
Life Saving Award
Living Forest Trail

Thank You Volunteers

Landscaping improvements were completed at a variety of parks and park facilities through much appreciated volunteer efforts: 

Volunteers from Dominion Energy (right) gave 12 hours of their time to construct a small shelter-type structure inside the Grove Community Garden (located behind James River Elementary School). The team of seven installed guttering and downspouts to capture rain water for the garden’s sustainability. Dominion Energy deserves a BIG thank you for their support; they not only provided the staff hours for this project, but the funding for materials as well.

Green Spring Garden Club offered grant assistance for the new rose bushes and evergreens planted at the James City County Recreation Center, enhancing the appearance of the front of the community room wing.

Upper County Park

James City Ruritan Club and VFW Post 8046, an Adopt-A-Park group, planted flowers, pulled weeds, tested the soil and put in potting soil at Upper County Park, brightening up the area between the shelter and pool (left).

Greg Walker Sr. joined the Adopt-A-Park team, taking on the Ironbound Park playground area. Walker is leading volunteer efforts on a monthly basis to help maintain the cleanliness of the park, spread playground mulch on an annual basis and complete minor projects.


The Adopt-A-Park volunteer group from the Marriot’s Manor Club put up a new informational kiosk at the Freedom Park playground, repaired a section of trail, trimmed branches and removed debris from park trails (right).

A group of 20 volunteers from Stantec worked at Chickahominy Riverfront Park to spread hay across the water and electric sites to help the grass grow. They also tended to some recently planted pine saplings, cleaned power pedestals, and completed shoreline cleanup work.

Little Creek Reservoir Park

Two volunteers from Holiday Inn Club Vacations, the Adopt a Park group at Little Creek Reservoir, installed a flower bed and border around the flag pole in the park. The volunteers tilled the area, put the border together and put in mulch before planting the flowers (left).

Volunteers from Go Ape! assisted park staff in performing maintenance on the emergency trail accesses at Freedom Park. The work included trimming branches and removing debris as well as clearing a new emergency trail access to a mountain bike trail.

Freedom Park

Thank you to Logan Wahl, a local Boy Scout with Troop #300, for his recently completed Eagle Scout project at Freedom Park! Wahl built an outhouse at the Free Black Settlement that not only fits in with the 19th century theme of the settlement, but also conceals a water spigot and will serve as a shed for hoses and gardening tools for volunteers that work on the cabin plantings (right).

About 25 Cub Scouts, parents and den leaders planted approximately 100 loblolly pine trees along the entrance road of Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Fitness Classes

Did You Know?

Group Fitness Classes

When the temperatures turn cooler, it’s time to move your fitness routine indoors!  From Ageless Yoga to Zumba, you’ll find a class just for you at the James City County Recreation Center. Check out our full group fitness schedule for a complete list of the more than 60 classes offered weekly. Info: 757-259-4176.

Learn To Swim

Learn to Swim, Free Swim Evaluations
There are individual registration periods before each swim lesson session (details below). Registration is accepted at the James City County Recreation Center and online at Aquatics. Having trouble deciding which swim level is appropriate for your child? Our certified Water Safety Instructor are also available to provide free swim evaluations. Classes and evaluations are held at the James City County Recreation Center.
Info: 757-259-4185.

  • January Classes – Registration is open through Dec. 30.
  • February Classes – Registration is open Jan 29-Feb. 7. Free Swim evaluations will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30 and Wednesday, Jan. 31, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
RV Campers

New at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
Why wait until summer to visit the campground? Full hook-up RV sites are now available to rent all year round! Check out our great resident rates online or call 757-259-5360. 

Winter Special Events

AFCC Movie Night, FREE, NEW!
Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m., Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for free movies the first Friday night of every month! Movie Nights are held in the Frink Center multipurpose room. Popcorn and drinks provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Scheduled feature: Despicable Me 3 (2017), rated PG; movie subject to change.
Fitness Open House, FREE!
Jan. 20, 9-11 a.m., James City County Recreation Center
Come get tips and attend mini classes and demonstrations to get started on a lean 2018!
New Year, New You! FREE!
Jan. 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m., James City County Recreation Center
It’s a new year, so start a healthy new routine!
Neighborhood Winter Carnival, FREE!
Jan. 27, 2-5 p.m., Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Warm up winter at this indoor carnival!
AFCC Movie Night, FREE, NEW!
Feb. 2, 6-8 p.m., Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for free movies the first Friday night of every month! Scheduled feature: Emoji Movie (2017), rated PG; movie subject to change.

Black Settlement Presentation, FREE!
Feb. 10, 3-4 p.m., Freedom Park
Come learn from a descendent of those who lived on the Free Black Settlement.
Destination Recreation Expo, FREE!
Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-noon, James City County Recreation Center
Your one-stop-shop for everything Parks & Recreation has to offer!
AFCC Movie Night, FREE, NEW!
March 2, 6-8 p.m., Abram Frink Jr. Community Center
Come out for free movies the first Friday night of every month! Scheduled feature: Finding Dory (2016), rating PG; movie subject to change.
Fido Fest, NEW!
March 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Jamestown Beach Event Park
Get to the park with your furry friend! $5/car. Weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, call the Activities Hotline at 757-259-3232.
For more information on the listed events, please check out the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Activity Brochure.

Annual Report

Stay Informed!

Annual Report

Parks & Recreation play a vital role in our country and within our communities. James City County Parks & Recreation is uniquely positioned to help maintain and enhance our quality community – but we don’t do it alone. Thank you to the countless individuals and the many groups, organizations and businesses who support us in meeting our mission. Check out our FY17 Annual Report for our community accomplishments as we strive to make James City County the best community in which to live, work and play.

P & R Times - quarterly department newsletter emailed to interested citizens and visitors. To subscribe, visit the James City County homepage and sign up through Notify Me.

Rec Center Times - bi-monthly newsletter for patrons of the James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center. Emailed to those who provided an email address at the time of registration. Info: 757-259-4200.

Freedom Now! - monthly newsletter for patrons of Freedom Park. To subscribe, email alister.perkinson@jamescitycountyva.gov or call 757-259-4022.

Mariner's Minute, New! - monthly newsletter for patrons of the James City County Marina. To subscribe, email christopher.mcknight@jamescitycountyva.gov or call

Activity Brochure


Parks & Recreation Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Activity Destination Recreation Brochure Available! The brochure highlights department programs, events and activities through February. The brochure is available at latest Activity Brochure or pick up your copy at our payment locations (listed below), public County government offices, park offices and at the County and City libraries.
Discount Program
Discounts on programs, classes and access passes are available to qualified James City County and Williamsburg residents. Discounts of 20%, 50% or 75% are available based on total gross household income. For more information, visit Discount Program or call 757-259-5414.
Credit/Debit Card Convenience Fee
A convenience fee of 2.95% is applied to all credit and debit card transactions made to any James City County department, including payments made in person, online and by telephone. Customers can continue to pay by check or in cash to avoid the fee. For details, call the Treasurer’s Office at 757-253-6705.

Parks & Recreation Payment Locations

Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail
Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP), 1350 John Tyler Highway
Freedom Park Interpretive Center, 5537 Centerville Road
James City County Recreation Center (JCCRC), 5301 Longhill Road
Satellite Services Office, 3127 Forge Road 

Holiday Closings
The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

  • Christmas Eve (Sunday, Dec. 24)
  • Christmas Day (Monday, Dec. 25)
  • New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 1, 2018)

All County Parks are open year-round. Some parks feature a Guest Services Office/Park Store. Chickahominy Riverfront Park Office/Store, James City County Marina Office/Store and Little Creek Reservoir Park Office/Store are closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day. Open: Easter Sunday. Freedom Park Office/Store is closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.
Open: Christmas Eve (open 9 a.m.-noon), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day and Easter Sunday.

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.

Parks & Recreation Code of Conduct
To ensure the safety of all citizens, visitors and staff and to protect all County assets, the following conduct is mandatory for all patrons and users:

  • Show respect to all participants, staff and officials
  • Refrain from causing harm (bodily or verbal) to others
  • Refrain from using foul language
  • Show respect to all equipment, supplies, and facilities

Contact Us!

Administration: 757-259-5410
Parks: 757-259-5360
Recreation Centers: 757-259-4200
Recreation Services: 757-259-5351
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