Department of Parks and Recreation Cancellations & Closings Policy

 

 

Inclement Weather Hotlines

Inclement weather hotline numbers will be updated regularly with the latest information. To the extent possible, closing information for the Department of Parks and Recreation facilities and programs will be included on the Sports Hotline.

  • Sports and Recreation Hotline: 703-228-4715
  • Cultural Affairs Hotline: 703-228-6966
  • Parks Snow Desk: 703-228-6525
  • Enjoy Arlington! Class Hotline: 703-228-4715

If Arlington Public Schools (APS) are closed and the county government is closed:

  • All Departmental facilities are closed and all programs are cancelled, with the possible exception of cultural events.
  • Cultural events (performances, exhibitions, etc.) in APS facilities (primarily Thomas Jefferson and Gunston) maybe held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Superintendent of Schools after a recommendation from the DPR and Arlington Public Schools points of contact based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts.
  • Cultural events (performances, exhibitions, etc.) in County owned facilities (primarily Rosslyn Spectrum and Theater on the Run) may be held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Cultural Affairs Division Chief or designee, in coordination with the DPR point of contact, based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts.
  • Meetings and social events scheduled at the Hendry House at Fort C.F. Smith Park may be held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Parks and Natural Resources Division Chief or designee, in coordination with the DPR point of contact, based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts.

If Arlington Public Schools are closed and the county government is open (either on time or with a delayed opening):

  • All Enjoy Arlington! classes and nature center programs are cancelled in county and school buildings.
  • All sports activities, leagues and instructional programs in schools are cancelled.
  • Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center will open on time or at an announced later time based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal.
  • All other centers, including joint use facilities Drew, Carver, Gunston, Langston, and Thomas Jefferson, will open at noon unless there is a later opening time announced based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal. The decision to open later than noon will be made by the Recreation Division Chief or designee. If Arlington Public Schools are closed successive days, consideration will be given to opening the joint use facilities earlier than noon if conditions allow, after the first day Schools are closed.
  • All Preschool programs are cancelled.
  • All senior programs (including Walter Reed and Langston Brown nutrition sites) are cancelled.
  • All swimming pools (W-L, Wakefield, and Yorktown) will be open on time unless there is a later opening time announced based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal.
  • Cultural events (performances, exhibitions, etc.) in APS facilities (primarily Thomas Jefferson and Gunston) will be held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Superintendent of Schools after a recommendation from the DPR and Arlington Public Schools points of contact based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts.
  • Cultural events (performances, exhibitions, etc.) in County owned facilities (primarily Rosslyn Spectrum and Theater on the Run) will be held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Cultural Affairs Division Chief or designee, in coordination with the DPR point of contact.
  • Meetings and social events scheduled at the Hendry House at Fort C.F. Smith Park may be held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Parks and Natural Resources Division Chief or designee, in coordination with the DPR point of contact.

All of the above also applies if the County Manager has declared that the unscheduled leave policy is in effect. However, if there is not sufficient staff available for operating a facility or program, the appropriate Division Chief will make the determination regarding closing, in coordination with the DPR point of contact.

If Schools have a delayed opening and the county government is open on time:

  • When Arlington County schools open two hours late, senior centers will open at noon, but lunch programs and transportation service at Walter Reed and Langston-Brown will be cancelled for the day.
  • When Arlington County schools open one hour late, senior centers will open at 10 a.m. but transportation may be delayed.
  • All Enjoy Arlington! classes and nature center programs scheduled to start prior to 11:59 a.m. will be cancelled in all buildings. All Enjoy Arlington! classes and nature center programs with scheduled start time of NOON or later will proceed as scheduled.
  • All evening Enjoy Arlington! classes and nature center programs will proceed as scheduled.
  • All Preschool programs will be cancelled.
  • All swimming pools (W-L, Wakefield, and Yorktown) will open on time unless there is a later opening time announced based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal. The decision to delay the opening of one or more pools will be made by the DPR point of contact.
  • Barcroft Sports and Fitness Center will open on time or at an announced later time based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal.
  • All joint use facilities Drew, Carver, Gunston, Langston, and Thomas Jefferson Community Center will open at 10:00 am unless there is a later opening time announced based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal. The decision to delay the opening of one or more centers will be made by the Recreation Division Chief or designee, in coordination with the DPR point of contact.
  • Lee, Madison, Dawson Terrace, Lubber Run, Fairlington and Walter Reed center hours and programs will proceed as scheduled unless there are delays or cancellations announced based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal. This decision to delay the opening of one or more centers will be made by the Recreation Division Chief or designee in coordination with the DPR point of contact.

If Schools close early or cancel evening activities:

  • All Enjoy Arlington! classes and nature center programs in all buildings are cancelled.
  • DPR elementary after school programs are cancelled.
  • Sports activities, leagues and instructional programs in schools are cancelled.
  • A decision regarding Recreation Center programs (including joint use facilities Drew, Carver, Gunston, Langston, and Thomas Jefferson), Swimming pools, and performance closings/cancellations will be based on weather conditions and the status of snow removal. For programs in APS facilities, including joint use other than the swimming pools, this decision will be made by the Superintendent of Schools after a recommendation from the DPR and APS points of contact based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts.

Weekends and other days when School is not in session:

  • For programs in APS facilities, including joint use centers other than the swimming pools, the decision to close facilities will be made by the Superintendent of Schools after a recommendation from the DPR and APS points of contact based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts. The initial discussion will occur at approximately 5:30 am with a decision announced by 6:00 am. If weather conditions or snow removal efforts are likely to change during the day, the decision to close may be for morning programs only. A subsequent decision about afternoon and evening programs (beginning after 1:00 pm) will be made by 11:00 am. As part of the decision regarding afternoon and evening activities, APS and DPR points of contact may agree to have a later call in the afternoon regarding evening theater performances and other special events, if there is some likelihood of improved weather and or snow removal for the evening. This decision will be made and announced prior to 3:00 pm.
  • If there substantial accumulation of snow or ice on Friday, the decision to cancel Saturday and or Sunday activities may be made on Friday.
  • For programs and activities in County-owned facilities and the three swimming pools, the decision to close for all or part of the day will be made by DPR the point of contact in consultation with appropriate Division Chiefs based on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts. The timeframes for making these decisions will be consistent with those for APS facilities.
  • Meetings and social events scheduled at the Hendry House at Fort C.F. Smith Park may be held as scheduled if weather conditions and snow removal efforts allow. This decision will be made by the Parks and Natural Resources Division Chief or designee, in coordination with the DPR point of contact, based on the best available information on current weather conditions, the forecast and snow removal efforts.

Our intent is to be as coordinated and consistent as we can be across all departmental programs and facilities. When weather conditions are not severe, scheduled activities or programs such as classes and leagues are likely to be cancelled before unscheduled activities would be (i.e. community swim hours, fitness workout hours).

Cultural Events

Even if the County is closed, the decision to hold a cultural event as scheduled may be made by the Cultural Affairs Division Chief if weather conditions and the status of snow removal permit. Coordination for custodial services will be made with the Thomas Jefferson Facility Manager, Gunston Facility Manager or head custodians of scheduled school facility with notification to School Administration Voicemail for Inclement Weather decisions.


Last Modified: April 14, 2014
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