• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of James City County Destination Recreation available now

imageJames City County Parks and Recreation has your fall and winter covered with a great variety of classes, events and activities for everyone in your family! The Fall 2014/Winter 2015 edition of Destination Recreation features Freedom Park, our many park partners and the wealth of opportunities and programming they bring to our community. Come rediscover Freedom Park – for hiking and biking, history and learning or for fun and adventure! New opportunities this fall include "The Lounge" and Club 55+ programming and the Skate Rink moves to Mid County Park, plus your favorite fall programs and special events return! Please check out this Fall/Winter edition for details on all the offerings and then sign up for the programs most beneficial to you and your family! To download a copy of the brochure click below or pick up copies at the Recreation Centers, all public parks and recreation facilities, County government offices and at the County and City libraries! Enjoy the cooler months ahead with James City County Parks and Recreation!

View it here

Kidsburg to reopen in August 2013

The renovation of James City County’s Mid County Park, including the Kidsburg playground is well underway. Despite significant rains much progress has been made. The old Kidsburg structure was removed, and contractors have prepared the site and installation of the new playground structure is ongoing.

photo 1The new Park Office building (above) is near completion and will include improved restroom facilities, a vending area, two staff offices and a small meeting room designed for programming and community use.

photo 3Both picnic shelters (ABOVE) received new roofing, and one shelter was enlarged due to the removal of an old concession room. Improvements to the front parking lot are scheduled to take place in late July.

The basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts as well as the walking trail remain open during daylight hours with parking available in the back parking lot. Originally slated to be opened this week, the park is expected to open in its entirety in early August.

The renovation of Mid County Park, including the Kidsburg playground is well underway. Despite significant rains much progress has been made. The old Kidsburg structure was removed, and contractors have prepared the site and installation of the new playground structure is ongoing.During the Kidsburg renovations, you can enjoy the playgrounds located within the other County parks and facilities— Chickahominy Riverfront Park,  Little Creek Reservoir Park, Upper County Park, James City County Recreation Center, James River Community Center and the Warhill Sports Complex. In addition to these sites, all Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools playgrounds are open to the community during after school hours.  The walking trail and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts at Kidsburg have remained open throughout construction.

The old Kidsburg, a community-built playground, opened in 1994 and no longer meets ADA guidelines or current standards for public-use playgrounds. The new playground will be fully ADA and safety compliant, universal and barrier free.

To stay informed of the renovation process, please visit  jamescitycountyva.gov/ recreation, call 757-259-5412 or email nancy.ellis@jamescitycountyva.gov.

Mid County Park-Kidsburg to re-open in July 2013

imageThe renovation of Mid County Park, including the Kidsburg playground, is well underway. Significant rains and modifications to the soils have delayed the project; however, much progress has been made.

The old Kidsburg structure was removed, and contractors have prepared the site and installation of the new playground structure has begun. The new Park Office (pictured background) building is near completion and will include improved restroom facilities, a vending area, two staff offices and a fee-based community meeting room.

Both picnic shelters (foreground) received new roofing, and one shelter was enlarged due to the removal of an old concession room.

Improvements to the front parking lot are scheduled to take place in June. The basketball, tennis and volleyball courts as well as the walking trail remain open during daylight hours with parking available in the back parking lot. The park is expected to open in its entirety in mid-July.

During the Kidsburg renovations, please enjoy the playgrounds located within our other County parks and facilities—Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Forest Glen Park, Ironbound Park, Little Creek Reservoir Park, Upper County Park, the James City County Recreation Center, the James River Community Center and the Warhill Sports Complex. In addition to these sites, all Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools playgrounds are open to the community during after school hours.

The old Kidsburg, a community-built playground, opened in 1994 and no longer meets ADA guidelines or current standards for public-use playgrounds. The new playground will be fully ADA and safety compliant, universal and barrier free.

Kidsburg renovations to start

imageThe renovation of James City County Mid County Park, including the Kidsburg playground, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 22. Kidsburg is being replaced; however, its design and theme will be retained in a new playground structure. The new 30,000 square-foot playground includes a general play area, a ship replica, swing area and a separate gated area for children ages 2-5. Along with Kidsburg, a new office/restroom facility is being constructed in the park. See details here

Most of the park will close on Jan. 22 to allow staff to prepare the site for contractors who begin their work at the end of the month. Staff work includes moving and storing items to be retained such as maintenance equipment, picnic tables and trash receptacles, removing the Kidsburg fence pickets and instituting safety measures such as shutting down electricity to the park. During this phase of construction, the existing building and Kidsburg structure will be razed and replaced.

During construction, the Mid County Park walking trail, basketball courts and tennis courts will remain open and accessible from the rear parking lot off Monticello Avenue. For public safety, all electricity to the park will be turned off, outdoor lighting will be unavailable, and the park will close daily at dusk. At all times, please avoid the construction area. The park is scheduled to reopen in its entirety early this summer.

If you previously reserved your Kidsburg fence picket, you’ll be notified of the pick up process. Pickets will be available for pick-up at the Mid County Park Office, 3793 Ironbound Rd., on the following days:

  • Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 27, noon-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 28, 3-7 p.m.

If you’re unable to retrieve your pickets on these days, or if you have not reserved your picket, please call 757-592-0495 and leave your name, the name on the fence picket, your phone number and a message. You can also request your picket online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation/kidsburg-picket-request.html. A plaque will be installed at the park to honor its history and those individuals and businesses that supported the park through fence picket purchases and as volunteers. 

Kidsburg, a community-built playground, opened in 1994 and no longer meets ADA guidelines or current standards for public-use playgrounds. The new playground will be fully ADA and safety compliant, universal and barrier free. Project funding was appropriated by the James City County Board of Supervisors as part of the Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Budget.

During the park renovations, please enjoy the playgrounds located within our other County parks and facilities – Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Forest Glen Playground, Ironbound Park, Little Creek Reservoir Park, Upper County Park and the James City County Recreation Center, James River Community Center and the Warhill Sports Complex. In addition to these sites, all Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools playgrounds are open to the community after school hours.

James City County Parks & Rec wins gold medal

Congratulations to our james city county parks and recreation national gold medal winner 2012James City County Parks and Recreation Department for winning the 2012 National Recreation and Park Association’s Gold Medal Award . The award recognizes the County as the best managed park & recreation system in the nation in the population category of 50,000-100,000

The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in  long-range planning, resource management and agency recognition. The County was judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials.

The James City County Parks and Rec Department was chosen based on its ability to effectively identify and address the needs of those it serves, and then its ability to implement, enhance, and improve its parks, programs, and facilities through efficient financial and volunteer resource management including the collective energies of volunteers, staff, and elected officials. The other finalists for 2012 were

  • City of Kettering (OH) Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department
  • Roswell (GA) Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs
  • Waukegan (IL) Park District

image Winners were announced live during NRPA’s Annual Congress & Exposition in Anaheim California October 18, 2012

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration is a non-profit organization founded to advance knowledge related to the administration of recreation and parks; to encourage scholarly efforts by both practitioners and educators that would enhance the practice of park and recreation administration; to promote broader public understanding of the importance of parks and recreation to the public good; and, to conduct research, publish scholarly papers, and sponsor seminars related to the advancement of park and recreation administration.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its’ network of some 20,000 professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. 
Headquartered in Ashburn, VA, NRPA works closely with local, state, and national recreation and park agencies, citizen groups, and corporations to carry out its objectives. Priorities include advocating favorable legislation and public policy; increasing public awareness of the importance of parks and recreation; providing continuing education, professional certification and university accreditation; and conducting research and technical assistance. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.

 

View the showcase video highlighting the James City County Parks And Recreation award winning facilities.

Fall 2012 edition of James City County Parks and Recreation’s Activity Brochure

Fall 2012/Winter 2013 edition of James City County Parks and Recreation’s Activity BrochureThe Fall 2012/Winter 2013 edition of James City County Parks and Recreation’s Activity Brochure is now available!

It includes highlights information about JCC Special Events, the Rec Connect program, Programs for Teens, Fine Arts, Outdoor Adventure, Sports and Athletics, Dance, Aerobics/Fitness classes, Health and Wellness, Historic Triangle Senior Center, Aquatics. Park indo and more.

You can download the brochure here  or pick up copies at the Community Centers, the Satellite Services Office in Toano, County office buildings and the libraries.

Take time to review this brochure and sign up for programs most beneficial to you and your family!

You can view an online version of the brochure here

Mid County Park Update-James City County

James City County Parks and Recreation hosted a community meeting to share renovation and design plans for a new playground structure to replace the existing Kidsburg playground at Mid County Park, 3793 Ironbound Road. James City County Parks and Recreation hosted a community meeting to share renovation and design plans for a new playground structure to replace the existing Kidsburg playground at Mid County Park, 3793 Ironbound Road.

Why: The current 24,000-square-foot playground was constructed in 1994 and does not meet current ADA guidelines nor does it fully meet today’s standards for public-use playgrounds.

Who’s paying: Project funding was appropriated by the James City County Board of Supervisors as part of the Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) budget. Safety: The project will be fully ADA compliant, universal and barrier free. The new proposed 30,000 square-foot playground will meet current accessibility and safety guidelines and standards. Playground Amenities: Kidsburg playground amenities will include a general play area, a ship replica (21-feet wide x 36-feet long) and a swing area. In addition, there will be a separate gated area for children aged 2 to 5. Dependent on funding, a spray pad element is still being considered. A water park was never a consideration for Kidsburg.

Your input: Please take a few moments to review the designs on the following pages. To share your comments and concerns, please complete a comment card available online here or you can email your comments to  parks.rec@jamescitycountyva.gov.  Please forward your comments and concerns no later than August 3.

Next Steps: Construction of the new playground is scheduled for October 2012 with a spring 2013 completion date.

Questions: Contact Nancy Ellis at Nancy.Ellis@jamescitycountyva.gov or call 757-259-5412.

 Fence Pickets: If you purchased a fence picket at Kidsburg, and would like it back, please call 757-592-0495 and leave your name, the name on the picket, your phone number and a message. You can also request your picket online here

The pickets will be available for pick up in fall 2012 when playground renovations are scheduled to begin. A plaque will also be installed at the park to honor its history and those individuals and businesses who supported the park through fence picket purchases and as volunteers

Proposed Highlights for Kidsburg Playground—Age 2-5 Area ●(4) custom enclosed seat swings with log themed uprights ●custom canoe ●4-foot hollow log crawl ●wagon double slide ●log wall slide ●ground level cannon ●firewood climber ●log steppers ●Blacksmith climbing wall ●barrel crawl with anvil climber ●lookout bubble ●telescope ●interactive cannon ●upper and lower bell ●maps ●(2) shade structures ●custom fence w/wood themed posts and safety gate

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Proposed Highlights for Kidsburg Playground—Age 5-12 Area ●13,000+ square-feet of play surface using engineered wood fiber and poured in place surfacing ●giant wave climber ●custom made ship 21-feet wide x 36-feet, 8-inches long with interactive bell and cannon sounds ●(4) shade structures ●100-foot zip line with launch platforms ●custom 8-foot high rock climber with slide ●(2) ADA accessible Zero-G chairs ●(5) custom built nature climbers: 3-foot boulder climber, 4-foot stump climber, (2) 5-foot log climbers, 6-foot tree root climber ●(8) belt seat swings ●(2) tire swings ●rope bridge ●single and double vine climbers ●6-foot learning wall climber ●(7) multi-level ADA accessible platform stations with activity boards and slides with transfer platforms on each play structure

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James City County Parks & Recreation selected as Gold Medal Finalist

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The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has announced that the James City County Park and Recreation Department is a finalist for the 2012 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This is the seventh time  since 1999 that  James City County has been named a finalist.

The Gold Medal Awards program, founded in 1965, honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

Applications are separated into five classes based on population and agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year.

JCC is one of four agencies selected in the 50,001 to 100,000 population to be named a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award. The winner of the Gold Medal Award will be announced at the 2012 National Recreation & Parks Association’s Annual Congress and Exposition in Anaheim California in October.

2012 Gold Medal Finalist Class III (population 50,001 – 100,000)

 City of Kettering (OH) Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department

 James City County Parks and Recreation, Williamsburg, VA

 Roswell (GA) Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs

 Waukegan (IL) Park District

Kidsburg/ Mid County Park Updates March 2012

mid county parkSeveral renovation and construction projects are underway at Kidsburg/ Mid County Park in James City County. These projects are consistent with the Board of Supervisors approved Mid County Park Master Plan to shift activities from organized team sports to more community recreation, such as use of the walking trails, basketball and tennis courts. The park, which opened in 1985, is also in much need of repair—aging equipment, safety and parking are all critical issues.

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Improvement projects include:

● Removal of lighting and fencing from the baseball fields has been completed. The demolition of press boxes and dugouts is scheduled next. Lighting, including fixtures from the park, are currently being installed at the Warhill Sports Complex and at the Jamestown High School baseball and softball fields to compensate for lighting lost at Mid County Park. ● Grading of the field area. The field will be designed with large open space and landscaping to provide patrons opportunities for more self paced activities such as picnics, ball play, kite-flying and other such
activities.
● A new Kidsburg. As the planning and design continues, the focus is on replacing the wooden playground structures. The new playground will be more modern, but many of the current Kidsburg themes will remain. One new element being considered as an addition to the new playground is a “spray pad.” A spray pad is not a water park, but one small area for water play that has no standing water. Typically there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad’s rain deck.

imageIn most cases, the water is either freshwater, or recycled and treated water which is typically treated to at least the same level of quality as swimming pool water standards. Some elements of a spray pad can be used year round as additional playground features. These  photo are of examples of typical splash pads. All new park features, including the spray pad, will be considered as park improvement funding permits

● Replacement of the park building. A new park building will feature larger restroom facilities, meeting
space, vending areas and an office. Renovation will be completed in stages and should be finished by
spring 2013.
● Many park amenities will remain including the basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and the walking trail.

 

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Did You Purchase A Fence Picket?

If you purchased a fence picket at Kidsburg, and would like it back, please call (757) 592-0495 and leave your name, the name on the picket, your phone number and a message.

The pickets will be available for pick up in fall 2013 when playground renovations are scheduled to begin. A plaque will also be installed at the park to honor its history and those individuals and businesses who supported the park through fence picket purchases and as volunteers.

Throughout the renovations, we’ll keep you informed of our progress. Subsequent updates will detail the proposed new park layout and design concepts for the new Kidsburg. For more information, call (757) 259-5360 or visit www.jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation

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James City County’s Mid County Park update

Several renovation and construction projects are underway at Mid County Park, all part of the Master Plan to refocus park activities from less team sports to more community recreation and to address aging equipment, safety and parking. Many park amenities will remain such as the basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and the walking trail.

kidsburg1• The baseball fields will be redesigned with landscaping to offer more large open space for family activities such as picnics, kite-flying and ball play opportunities. The light poles and fencing are being removed and the press boxes and dugouts will be eliminated. The light poles will be moved to Jamestown High School to light their baseball and softball fields.

• A new playground will be built to replace the aging Kidsburg and a new Park Office will provide larger restroom facilities and vending areas. The new playground will be a more modern structure; however, many of the theme aspects of the current playground will remain.

• Construction and renovation of the playground and office will be completed in stages and should be finished by spring 2013.

• A plaque will be installed at the park to honor its history and those individuals and groups who supported the park through fence picket purchases and as volunteers and businesses who helped make Kidsburg a community success.

Anyone who purchased a Kidsburg fence picket and would like it back can call 757-592-0495 for information on how they can pick up their picket in the fall.

You can watch for future updates on this website or follow the renovations at the County’s website or by phone, 757-259-5360 or email parks.rec@james-city.va.us

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Got Kids in James City County Va ?

kids sports in james city county Then plan on attending the “Destination Recreation Expo” on  Saturday, February 25, 2012 from  9 a.m.-noon at the  James City/Williamsburg Community Center on Longhill RdThen plan on attending the “Destination Recreation Expo” on  Saturday, February 25, 2012 from  9 a.m.-noon at the  James City/Williamsburg Community Center on Longhill Rd

You can learn about all the recreational programs ,summer camps, sports classes and leagues, outdoor programs, aquatic programs, Rec Connect, inclusion programs and special events available to you and your family through James City County Parks and Recreation and its programming partners. Representatives from all of the local athletic leagues will be on hand to answer your questions about youth football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball softball, running, track and field, gymnastics and many more sports.

Take part in fitness and activity demonstrations, speak with the more than 40 park, recreation, sports and fitness exhibitors on site for the day, and tour the Community Center with a guided host!

Be one of the first to register for summer camp!

Raffles and discounts given throughout the day!

For more information on the James City County ,Destination Recreation Expo visit

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Go Ape At Freedom Park

UPDATE Jan 25 2012

Freedom Park in James City County VA will soon have a new  attraction !

The Board of Supervisors  agreed to allow Go Ape to put in a new zip line and high-ropes course.

Go Ape!, the Maryland-based company will pay to set up the challenge course and operate it  in the park. The agreement calls for rents that start at $2200 monthly and increase to approximately $50k annually after five years.

It also stipulates that all residents will receive a 10% discount . Admission is expected to cost  $55 for adults and  $35 for ages 10-17

Go Ape will pay for and install the entire course and a small cabin that will serve as their office.

 

imageA Rockville Maryland company is looking to open a Ropes and Zipline Adventure course at Freedom Park in James City County. The Board of Supervisors of James City County, Virginia, will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, January 24,  to consider a resolution to lease land in Freedom Park  to GoApeFreedomLLC

The company has another location in the Washington Dc area at  Rock Creek Regional Park, the Go Ape! course there is comprised of five distinct "stations." Each involves a combination of exercises in the trees — think rope ladders and rope bridges — ending with a zip-line.

The proposal in the works for Freedom Park is very similar to what they developed at Rock Creek park. In that park they built the course on approximately a 6-acre section of the Derwood park near Lake Needwood. Its courses, which are built 40 to 50 feet above the ground, utilize ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and zip lines.

imageGo Ape’s designers use natural materials to ensure the course blends into the environment and build adjustable platforms around trees so they are protected and can continue to grow,Most of the course will be located in the trees, but materials such as wood chips will be placed on the ground to minimize impact to the forest floor.

It should  take about two months to construct the course and the hope is to have it open in late Spring assuming its approved by the county.

Since its launch in the UK eight years ago, nearly 2 million people have monkeyed around in the trees of Go Ape courses.  Last year alone, one percent of the entire population in the UK tapped into their adventurous spirits and went swinging through the trees at one of the 26 Go Ape courses throughout the country.

 

 

Go Ape, the first of its kind in the U.S., is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy.  Spanning a length of more than seven football fields and with obstacles 40 feet above the ground, the course features a series of ziplines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes among the treetops of Rock Creek Regional Park, located in Rockville, MD.

Catering to all skill levels, Go Ape is ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, scout events, and church groups – basically anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting activity that gets them into nature.  Approximately, eighty percent of Go Ape visitors come from personal referrals, showing that the Go Ape experience leaves a lasting impression on its tribe.

The origins of the American species of Go Ape began when D.C. natives, Dan and Jenny D’Agostino, experienced a Go Ape course while living abroad in London on corporate assignments.  They were immediately inspired to do something more in keeping with their own aspirations of living an adventurous life closer to nature, rather than in front of a computer screen. Together, they decided to launch Go Ape USA.

“Go Ape encourages people to live life adventurously! It takes participants beyond a traditional canopy tour or ropes course by empowering them with the skills needed to complete the course and then giving them the freedom to manage their own adventure,” said Dan D’Agostino, managing director of Go Ape USA.  “The course provides people with a unique outdoor adventure where they can let loose, see the park from a whole new vantage point and surprise themselves by what they were able to accomplish.  We are thrilled to be opening our first location in the U.S. and anticipate opening additional courses throughout the country in the near future.”

To learn more about Go Ape  visit www.goape.com

James City County Parks & Rec Fall/Winter Brochure released

 

imageThe Fall 2011/Winter 2012 edition of James City County Parks and Recreation’s Activity Brochure is now available! The brochure highlights all Parks and Recreation classes, events and activities through February. 

You can download the brochure at www.jccEgov.com/recreation or pick up copies at the Community Centers, the Satellite Services Office in Toano, County office buildings and the libraries.

Also look for the brochures in late September in the backpacks of your children in Williamsburg-James City County schools, grades K- 8. For more information, call 757-259-5415.

Destination Recreation Expo- James City County

Life’s busy and we’re all short on time. But there’s help when it comes to filling the fun days of summer for your school-age child. Whether you need a safe, fun place for your children to enjoy the summer while you’re working, or you’re looking for that specialty camp or athletic program for your child to participate in, James City County Parks and Recreation has it. All of the great recreation program opportunities are showcased in a one-day, one-stop Destination Recreation Expo.

Come learn about all the recreational programs and services available to you and your family through James City County Parks and Recreation and its programming partners! The Destination Recreation Expo is set for Saturday, February 26, 9 a.m. – noon at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.

The Expo is a first preview and early sign-up for summer camps, sports classes and leagues and outdoor, aquatic, REC Connect and inclusion summer programming; our camps fill quickly so don’t let this opportunity pass you by! After the Expo, you’ll have to wait until April 13 to register for most programs.

The Expo features fun activities, exhibits, informational booths, interactive demonstrations, hands-on projects, raffles and more!  Parents, there’ll be games and activities to keep your children entertained while you gather information to help you make good decisions on nutrition, fitness, health and recreation.

Center staff will provide facility tours and class demonstrations and representatives from more than 35 parks and recreation and local athletic leagues will be on-hand with information on their programs. For more information, visit www.jccEgov.com/recreation or call 259-5353.

Scheduled Demonstrations

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James City County Park Locations

Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP)
1350 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185
258-5020, open daily sunrise to sunset

Come enjoy this 140-acre park located on the
Chickahominy River. Facilities include two outdoor
swimming pools, boat ramp, fishing pier, camp sites,
a playground, picnic shelters, a small store and
access to the Virginia Capital Trail. Bring your
boat or rent one at the park to enjoy fishing or
exploring the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek.
The large fields and picnic shelters are available for
special events.

 
Brickyard Landing (BYL)
990 Brickyard Road (off Forge Road)
259-5360
Brickyard Landing is a public boat ramp that provides
citizens access to the Chickahominy River from the
upper end of the James City County.

Community Centers/Outdoor Facilities
James City/Williamsburg Community Center
5301 Longhill Road
• two softball fields with lights (rental)
• two natural grass fields with lights (rental)
• 2.2-mile walking trail encircling the Center
• Skate Park
James River Community Center
8901 Pocahontas Trail
• softball field, no lights (rental)
• natural grass field (rental)
• award winning nature trail

Diascund Reservoir (DR)
9551 Diascund Reservoir Park Road
Off Route 60 West pass Toano in Lanexa
259-5360, open daily sunrise to sunset

This reservoir, provided and operated jointly by
Newport News, James City County and the Division
of Game and Inland Fisheries, is open to the public for
boating access and fishing. Electric trolling motors are
the only motors permitted on the reservoir.

Freedom Park (FRD)
5535 Centerville Road
259-5360, open daily 7am to sunset

This forested retreat of over 600 acres features
1.8 miles of hiking trails and almost 10 miles of
mountain bike trails winding through historical sites,
forests and along creeks. Visit the first Free Black
Settlement where three historically accurate recreated
cabins are located in a meadow and are furnished
with items authentic to the period (1803-1850).
The park is also the site of an 18th-century graveyard,
the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary
(1781), a 17th century domicile and the Williamsburg
Botanical “Ellipse Garden.”

Greensprings Interpretive Trail (GST)
3751 John Tyler Highway
259-5360, open daily 8am to sunset
Wander along this 3.5-mile nature trail that loops
through a landscape of beaver ponds, wetlands
and forests. The trail includes interpretative signs
about the environment, historical events of the early
colonists and American Indians and area wildlife.
The trail is on wetlands adjacent to Mainland Farm,
the oldest continuously cultivated farm in America.
The trailhead also provides convenient parking and
paved trail access to the Virginia Capital Trail.
Over 200 species of birds have been documented
on this site and it’s part of the Virginia Birding Trail.

James City County Stadium (STADM)
4725 Stadium Road, off Opportunity Way across
from the Williamsburg Outlet Mall in the Warhill
Sports Complex 259-5360

This 3,000-seat stadium is designed for a variety of
sports and community activities. The surface is
rubber infilled synthetic turf with permanent lines for
football, soccer and field hockey. There are two locker
rooms and two restroom/concession facilities located
at each end of the stadium.

Jamestown Beach Park (JBP)
2217 Jamestown Road
259-5360, Beachfront open year round, 9am to sunset
The Park features a small beach front on the James
River. There is a fee for beach parking ($5/day);
$50 annual passes available. Picnic tables and grills
are available.

Little Creek Reservoir Park (LCR)
180 Lakeview Road in Toano (off Forge Road)
566-1702, open March-November, M-F, 7am-sunset;
opens 6am to sunset on weekends and holidays;
December-February, opens 7am-5pm on
weekends only.
LCR is a fisherman’s paradise! This scenic park
overlooks a 996-acre reservoir offering year round
fishing, boating and picnicking. The park also has
a concession facility, playground, soft mulch nature
trail and two shelters with grills plus rental canoes,
kayaks and Jon boats and a launch-your-own
boat ramp. Electric trolling motors are the only
motors permitted on the reservoir.

Mid County Park (MCP): Home of Kidsburg
3793 Ironbound Road
229-1232, open daily 7am-10pm

This 19-acre park has something for the whole family!
Children can play at Kidsburg, a community-built
playground that has become an area attraction.
Adults can enjoy lighted recreation areas including
softball and baseball fields, basketball and tennis
courts, as well as sand volleyball courts. Walk the
paved 2/3 mile ADA accessible multi-use path that
encircles the park. Are you planning a small family
outing, family reunion, or perhaps a group meeting?
Then you may want to consider Mid County Park.
There is a large picnic shelter and a small picnic
shelter and play areas for games or other functions.

Powhatan Creek Park (PCP)
1831 Jamestown Road
259-5360, open sunrise to sunset
This one-acre facility is part of the Chesapeake
Gateways Network and provides access to the James
River at Jamestown Island, including scenic views
of Historic Jamestowne. Powhatan Creek is listed
on the Natural Resources Inventory as the most
biodiverse creek on the Peninsula. Scenic views of
tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight
trips on this beautiful waterway. Park consists of a
small non-motorized boat/canoe/kayak launch with
parking for 20 vehicles and five observation/fishing piers.

Skate Park and Multiuse Trail (SP)
Located adjacent to JCWCC – Free
259-5360, open daily 9am to sunset; park will
close in the event of inclement weather.
This bowl-style skate park is 10,000 square feet of
concrete jumps and ramps. It also features two
movable ramps, a rail, a hand rail and multiple
grinding edges. There are separate times for bikes
and boards – and they are not permitted to use the
facility at the same time. Designated bike times are
Tuesdays and Saturdays, noon-3pm; Sundays and
Thursdays, 3-6pm. Helmets and protective gear are
highly recommended. The site also features a one
mile, 10 foot-wide paved multiuse trail which
connects to nearby sidewalks and James Blair
Middle School for a 2.2-mile walking loop.
Upper County Park (UCP)
180 Leisure Road in Toano
566-1451, Park open daily 8am to sunset. Pool
is open 11am-8pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day
(Memorial Day – mid-June, weekends only).

This 91-acre park is located in the upper end of JCC.
Amenities include a 25m swimming pool and a
toddler pool, playgrounds, sand volleyball and basketball
courts, multi-use trails and a 3.5-mile mountain
bike trail, horseshoe pits and picnic shelters. There is
a nominal charge to swim or rent the shelter.
During its operating season, the pool may be rented
after hours.

Virginia Capital Trail (VCT)
Trail starts in the parking lots of Chickahominy
Riverfront Park and Greensprings Trail and
connects to Jamestown Settlement
JCC is a partner of the VCT, a regional 55-mile
multiuse trail connecting all of Virginia’s capitals –
Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond. The first
7.5 miles of trail, all in JCC, are completed. The trail
is a cooperative effort of the Virginia Department
of Transportation, Game and Inland Fisheries and
Conservation and Recreation, as well as the VCT
Foundation and Williamsburg Land Conservancy.

Waller Mill Dog Park
Route 645, Airport Road (Waller Mill Park)
259-3778
The 1.5-acre park is a joint venture with Williamsburg
offering two areas – one for small dogs, 20 lbs. or
less, and an area for larger dogs over 20 lbs. Annual
memberships are available. Call for operating hours.

Warhill Sports Complex (WSC)
5700 Warhill Trail
259-5360, open daily 7am to 10pm

This complex is host to most local sporting events for
County league play. The baseball complex includes
three lighted youth baseball fields, one lighted majors
baseball field, four tee-ball fields, a concession building
with rest rooms and a playground. The soccer
complex includes four premier turf soccer fields and
a concession building with restrooms. The Park also
includes three outdoor basketball courts, a 5,200-foot
paved multiuse trail, a 3.5-mile hiking trail, two ponds
for shoreline fishing, the stadium and the indoor athletic
facility – Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.

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