Department of Parks and Recreation

About Department of Parks and Recreation


The Department of Parks and Recreation was founded on July 22, 1944 as the Department of Park and Playground Lands.

Trail through the woodsVision
Arlington is a happy and healthy place to live, learn, work and play.

The Department of Parks and Recreation promotes wellness and vitality through dynamic programs and attractive public spaces.

CAPRA Accredited logoThe Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation is one of 100 agencies nationwide to have received national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to meet 144 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. The Commission is comprised of representatives from the National Recreation and Park Association, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, and the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials.

Public Information Statement
The Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to informing the community and the news media of events within the public domain that are handled by or involve the agency. The department is committed to a thorough and transparent process where information is shared among staff, community and the media so that a thoughtful give and take can develop and the best policies and programs come to the surface to benefit the greatest good.  By all reasonable means the department will provide information in an accessible and timely manner. Media are directed to contact the Director of Marketing and Communications or the Public Relations Coordinators for all inquiries.

Last Modified: April 14, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611