View the Winter/Spring 2020 Activity Guide [14MB]
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: [84KB] Scavenger Hunt Sheet
March 17, 2020 - The City of Harrisonburg will close the Cecil F. Gilkerson Activities Center, Westover Pool, the Price Rotary Senior Center and the Lucy F. Simms Education Center to the public, effective Tuesday, March 17. This is being done in conjunction with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health regarding social distancing and limiting large groups.
All programming, classes and events scheduled to take place during this time have been postponed and registered participants will be notified. This closure does not impact outdoor amenities, though restrooms will not be available and we encourage all visitors to be mindful of health and wellness recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health.
Please view recommendations and helpful links concerning the Coronavirus, or Covid-19.
- Program Proposal Information
- Shelter Reservations
- Cecil F. Gilkerson Activities Center
- Lucy F. Simms Education Center
- Parks and Recreation Commission
- Heritage Oaks Golf Course
- Inclement Weather Policies
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:
- Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Facebook
- Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Twitter
- WHSV Weather Closings
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.
Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation
305 South Dogwood Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801