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Latest News:

Park Shelters and Restrooms Update - April 23, 2021

Shelters are available on a first come, first serve basis and all current COVID-19 guidelines must be followed. Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation will not be accepting shelter reservations through August 31, 2021. We will re-evaluate the reservation of shelters at that time. Thank you for your understanding.

Various restrooms are available and open in city parks at this time including: 

  • Purcell Park (restroom near Kids Castle playground)
  • Hillandale Park (restroom near volleyball court)
  • Ralph Sampson Park (restroom near the shelter)
  • Morrison Park (restroom near the parking area)
  • Westover Park (restroom at Shelter #1)
  • Portable Restrooms will be placed at Riven Rock Park and Smithland Dog Park.  


Program Update - April 16, 2021

Parks and Recreation 2021 Summer Program Registration is now open! City Resident registration begins April 19 and non-resident registration begins May 3. Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation will be offering select Dance program classes and 50 & Wiser fitness program classes this summer. 

View our 2021 Summer Dance and fitness schedule [661KB]PDF. Summer program participants are to wear masks upon entry/exit of class, socially distance and do a health screening upon each class entry. Fitness classes will take place outside at Westover Park Shelter #1 at select times and Dance program classes will temporarily take place in the Lucy Simms Center Auditorium. To register or for questions, please call 540-433-2474.


Update - July 31, 2020: 

Special considerations at each facility are as follows:

Westover Pool - Lap lane swimming hours will be extended from 7:00am - 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, starting August 3, 2020. Guests can begin to make reservations immediately. Lap lane swimming is exercise swimming or water type workouts where the guests are constantly swimming or moving for the entire hour. For the safety of our patrons, we allow one swimmer per lane, per hour. Guests are now able to book evening reservations immediately by calling 540-434-0571. Members of Westover/CAC can book reservations up to two weeks in advance, and all lane rental fees are covered by your membership. Memberships are also available to purchase. 

Lucy F. Simms Center - The Lucy F. Simms Center fitness center will officially reopen for limited use on August 10, but reservations can be requested starting August 3. Usage will be limited to one individual at a time, and reserved for adults ages 65 years old and older, and for those considered at an increased risk from COVID-19. Call 540-437-9213 for more information and reservations.

Cecil F. Gilkerson, Community Activities Center - The Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center fitness center will officially reopen by reservation only, for members only, on August 10, but reservations can be requested starting August 3, 2020. Call 540-433-2474 for membership information and to make a reservation. 

Westover Skate Park- Westover Skate Park reopened to the public on August 3, 2020.

At this time the Price Rotary Senior Center, remains closed to the public, as do bathrooms at all parks.


Update - June 8, 2020: Heritage Oaks Golf Course will officially reopen at 8:00am on Friday, June 12, and Westover Pool (for lap swimming with reservations only) will reopen on Monday, June 15 with safeguards aimed at protecting the health and wellness of visitors and staff members. All visitors should observe all social distancing requirements and must abide by restrictions put in place.

Special considerations at each facility are as follows:

Westover Pool: Only open for lap swimming at this time, and reservations are required in advance. Payments accepted by credit card only. To reserve a lap lane, call 540-434-0571.

Heritage Oaks Golf Course: Tee times may be booked by phone, online or in person, and only credit cards, gift certificates or rain checks will be accepted at this time. No cash payments allowed. Tee times will be spaced out to protect golfers. Cups will be placed upside-down, and golfers will be urged not to touch flagsticks. Walking and biking for nongolfers will be permitted before 8:00am and after 8:00pm, while the last tee time for 18-holes will be 3:00pm, and 5:00pm for 9-holes. Please call ahead at 540-442-6502 to understand all additional restrictions that will be in place.



March 25, 2020 - Parks and Recreation outdoor facilities remain open to our community at this time based on recommendations from Governor Northam's office. We continue to urge visitors to follow all state and federal recommendations concerning social distancing while visiting our parks and to make decisions based on what is best for the health and wellness of themselves, their families and our community. The Parks and Recreation Department advises the public to be mindful of recommendations set forth by the CDC when considering the use of playgrounds at this time. We will reassess as more information becomes available, and as we receive future guidance from Gov. Northam's office and the Centers for Disease Control. 

While our Parks and Recreation Department advises the public to be mindful of recommendations set forth by the CDC and social distancing recommendations, an optional alternative activity kids may enjoy is our Scavenger Hunt Sheet, an activity that is available, as of now, and may be downloaded here: PDF[84KB] Scavenger Hunt Sheet


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Inclement Weather Cancellations:

For Inclement Weather Cancellations for Parks and Recreation programs, events and classes, please view our Inclement Weather Policy.  Program, event and class cancellations may also be viewed on: 


The mission of the Harrisonburg Department of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of the community by providing comprehensive leisure service opportunities and to develop and maintain a safe system of open spaces and public facilities for the use and enjoyment by the public.


Mailing Address:
Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation
305 South Dogwood Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801