Parks & Recreation Closures due to COVID-19

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March 16, 2020

The Arlington  County Board has declared a Local Emergency Local Emergency due to the public health threat posed by COVID-19.  All Parks and Recreation programs, services and activities are canceled until April 20.


While our parks and trails are open, as of Mon., March 16, the following centers are closed or have modified hours.


Community Centers Open from

8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday

Community and Nature Centers Closed


  • Fairlington Community Center
  • Walter Reed Community Center
  • Arlington Mill Community Center
  • Thomas Jefferson Community Center
  • Langston-Brown Community Center






  • Aurora Hills Community Center
  • Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center
  • Carver Community Center
  • Charles Drew Community Center
  • Gulf Branch Nature Center
  • Gunston Community Center
  • Hendry House
  • Lee Community Center
  • Long Branch Nature Center
  • Madison Community Center

Please note: We ask that all patrons maintain a social distance of six feet at our centers.  Also, patrons are asked to wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer upon entering our buildings. Services available at the centers that are remaining open vary and can include public WiFi, workspaces in gymnasiums and community rooms, showers and game room activities. Be advised that the County will continue its enhanced cleaning schedules in these centers.


And remember these general safety guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay a social distance of six feet whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t already. You don’t want to be vulnerable to getting sick with both flu and COVID-19.
  • Avoid contact with sick people as much as possible.
  • Follow the CDC travel policy.

We recognize the burden these closures may cause. The health and safety of the Arlington community is our highest priority and we are grateful for your cooperation.  To keep updated on the status, please visit, click on Coronavirus banner.  Be sure to sign up for Arlington Alert  for County updates and here for Parks & Recreation’s eNews.


And don’t forget…our parks and trails are open!