Parks & Recreation

Welcome to a new season and a new world  where the great outdoors, more than ever, can also be great medicine. As we continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19, and as we make this venture together, our staff works hard to keep you safe and engaged. There’s so much life in our outdoor community and we encourage you to continue to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle by visiting our parks and trails as well as others in the area. If you feel “safer at home,” check out our Virtual Programming page and Fall Brochure page where you’ll find fun activities for all ages to do at home, in your yard, or in our parks. The James City County Recreation Center and the Abram Frink Jr. Community Center have resumed normal operating hours; please see the social distancing guidelines available online

All County parks are open; however, please check amenity openings and closings before heading out. 

Shaping Our Shores
Master Plan Update Approved

The Shaping Our Shores (SOS) Master Plan was adopted and implemented in 2009 to guide the revitalization of three of James City County’s waterfront park facilities–Chickahominy Riverfront Park, Jamestown Beach Event Park and the James City County Marina. During the 2019 update process, the plan was presented to the James City County Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee in January, to the Planning Commission in March, and to the Board of Supervisors in July, where it received unanimous approval by all three entities. To review the approved improvement maps and for more details, please visit Shaping Our Shores.

Learn more about James City County Parks & Recreation.

For more information on all offerings, please see the Parks & Recreation Activity Brochure.


James City County Parks & Recreation has introduced a registration system, PerfectMind! The new system offers customers a more efficient experience for all department registrations including program registrations, facility rentals, sale of passes, landfill coupons, concessions and other merchandise. Even if you already had a RecTrac account, you’ll need to create a PerfectMind account to conduct Parks & Recreation transactions.

Guides and Video Tutorials are available to walk you through this process:

  • “How to create an account” Guide and Video
  • “How to add a family member” Guide and Video 
  • “How to retrieve your password” Guide and Video 
  • “How to search and register for courses” Guide and Video 

Need Help? 
In-person, please visit during operating hours:

By phone, please call the Centers (above) or Freedom Park at 757-259-4022. Phone hours for Freedom Park are weekdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and weekends, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

By email, Parks & Recreation or visit our website at

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