Teen Summer Camps, 3v3 Basketball, 55+ Club and More!

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parks and rec news

May 25, 2021




Let the Trilling Begin!

Did you know that the trill (ie: the noise they make) of a large group of cicadas can reach as high as 100 decibels, which is equivalent to a motorcycle, low-flying plane or lawn mower starting? Wanna see something kinda gross but cool?  Watch a cicada molt in this time-lapse video. Share your cicada encounters on Instagram with the hashtag #cicadington and tag @arlparksrec to be featured on our social media feed. (Learn more about Arlington's cicada's here.) 

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Teen Camps Still Available 

Teens will stay active and engaged this summer at our camps featuring arts & crafts, fitness & wellness, inflatables, nature programs, sports games and water activities. Learn more here or check out the listings below. 

  • Teen Sports & Fitness Camp for ages 11-17, June 21-25July 12-16 or Aug. 16-20. Sign up here. 
  • Junior Jam community-based camps for ages 11-16, dates vary. Great for teens who have a busy schedule or summer school. Sign up here. 
  • Summer Odyssey traditional camp experience for ages 10-14, dates vary. Sign up here.

Our fee reduction program helps Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day! Access for All. Easy to apply! Whether you have a short-term set back or something longer-term. Learn more at here or call 703-228-4747. 

Our spraygrounds open Memorial Day weekend! Check out our locations and hours of operation here.

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Last Chance for 3v3 Summer Basketball

Stay active this summer by playing basketball with friends! Kids in grades 5-12, register for an eight-week, games-only season that starts June 20 for just $35. (Psst. Our fee reduction program helps Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day! Access for All…even basketballers.) Games are played on weekends at DrewGunstonHigh ViewThomas Jefferson and Virginia Highlands. Sign up here by Sun., May 30.   

Arlington County Opens COVID-19 Walk-In Clinics  

In addition to scheduled vaccine appointments, the County has started walk in-vaccine clinics with no appointments required at Neighborhood Vaccine Clinics. These sites are open to all—not just Arlington residents. The schedule will rotate weekly—check out this week’s clinic schedule here.


Join the 55+ Club! 

Are you interested in learning new things? Socializing with peers? Playing sports? Getting fit? For just $20 a year Arlingtonians 55 and older have access to lots of free in-person and virtual programs. The $60 annual fee includes free access to all of the County’s fitness facilities. Explore our 55+ programs to see what it’s all about and sign up here.


Make a Kaleidoscope 

Work those fine motor skills by making your own kaleidoscope and watching your world spin ‘round. Don’t have any mylar sheets? Try using aluminum foil. Experiment with different light sources for endless fun. 


Visit the Therapeutic Recreation Facebook page for new fun projects and activities every week day at 1 p.m. that can help you grow! 

Got a Garden-related Question? The Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Help Desk welcomes your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. Contact them at mgarlalex@gmail.com or submit your question using this form. Include photos to assist with identification.

New Tools for Advancing Racial Equity in Arlington 

Arlington County has released a set of new tools to help advance racial equity efforts in Arlington. The collection of neighborhood toolkits and data dashboards are products of the County’s Realizing Arlington’s Commitment to Equity (RACE) program. 

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Adopt an Arlington Tree  

Arlington residents can now help Arlington County's trees thrive through dry weather by participating in the County’s Adopt-A-Tree program. Trees can be adopted wherever there is access to water, such as street trees in front of homes, to help keep trees healthy and strong and to grow our tree canopy. Learn more and sign up here. Check out more ways you can support Arlington’s trees here.