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Alexandria Rec Centers Begin Modified Operations June 20

The Fitness Room at Charles Houston Rec Center. (Phoyo: Charles Houston Rec Center)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Saturday, June 20, most of Alexandria’s rec centers will open with modified hours and limited access. These changes are in place to follow the second phase of reopening. Senior-only hours will be introduced to help protect vulnerable persons in the community while providing an opportunity for exercise.

Sites operating with changes are the following:

Recreational access schedules will be posted HERE by Friday, June 19.


Beginning Monday, June 22, Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility will offer Alexandria residents ticketed entry for racquetball, swimming, and use of the fitness room. People 60 years and older will have access Monday through Friday from 8-10 a.m. people younger than 60 will have access on the same days from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

On Saturdays, ticketed entry for racquetball and fitness room use will be available from 9 a.m. to noon for all ages.

Reservations are required for ticketed entry. Tickets for this Saturday will be available on Thursday, June 18. For the coming weeks and months, tickets will be available each Thursday. Each person is allowed one ticket for any day.

To make reservations, click HERE. Reservations can also be taken over the phone by calling 703-746-6909. General admission applies. Passes are suspended through the summer.

Ford Nature Center

The Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center will remain closed for repairs.

RELATED: Alexandria Rec Department Announces Sign-Up Date for Summer Classes

Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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