Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center

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Current Size: 80%

Simms CenterAll City of Harrisonburg playgrounds are closed as part of our response to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Community Activities Center, Simms Center, and Price Rotary Senior Center are all currently closed to the public as well.  Open green spaces and walking trails where patrons can practice safe social distancing methods are still open at this time.  Visit the City's Coronavirus COVID-19 page for additional information on the City's approach.


620 Simms Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Phone: 540-437-9213

Center Office Hours

Monday-Friday:  8:00am-5:00pm

Facility Holiday and Event Closings- Please call 540-437-9213 for questions regarding holiday and event closings. Closings are also posted to the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Facebook page.


Community Hours

Computer Lab: 

  • 8:30am-11:30am / 2:00pm-5:00pm (Monday-Friday)
  • 6:30pm-9:00pm (Monday and Wednesday)

Fitness Room: 

  • 8:00am-2:00pm (Monday and Wednesday)
  • 6:30pm-9:00pm (Monday and Wednesday)
  • 7:30am-2:00pm (Tuesday and Thursday)


Excel[35KB] Center Gym Schedules (January 6-March 31)

*Note tabs at the bottom of the page for individual days of the week. 


Fee Schedule

Local adult residents may enjoy the facilities of the Simms Center and the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center by purchasing an annual pass. Passes are available to city residents and non-residents alike. The pass will serve as entry to the center and is required to access our fitness room.

Rates are as follows:
Annual Passes:

View: Value Added Fitness Membership Pricing Sheet PDF[993KB]

Daily Guest Fee:

  • Adult* - $3 Resident | $6 Non Resident 
  • Youth (Ages 3 - 17) - $2 Resident | $4 Non Resident
  • Infant (Ages 0 - 2) - Free

*Must show photo identification to enter.


Room Rentals:

Are you planning an event? The Simms Center has many options if you're looking for space. We'd be happy to accommodate your next business meeting, conference, or workshop.

Additional Room Rental Description and Rates- For questions regarding Simms Center Room Rental Description and Rates please call 540-437-9213.

PDF[159KB] Facility Use Permit Application

PDF[262KB] Facility Use Policies




Lucy Simms

For a brief history of Lucy F. Simms and the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center, visit Celebrating Simms, the Story of the Lucy F. Simms School.

This booklet is a companion to the exhibit commemorating the contributions of the Lucy F. Simms School and the Northeast neighborhood to the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The exhibit was produced by James Madison University students and their professors, Dr. Mollie Godfrey and Dr. Seán McCarthy, working in close collaboration with countless community members and the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project in association with Billo Harper. The exhibit opened on April 25, 2016, and is permanently housed in the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center.


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