As of October 23, 2020

Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is conducting in-person Recreation Programs at the following locations: Miller Center, Templeton Senior Center, and Jackson Heights Art Studio. For the health and safety of our staff and patrons, program participants are required to complete a health screening prior to entering the classroom, class sizes have been reduced, and we’re offering some virtual “stay at home” program opportunities, detailed online under “Programs and Activities.” Also, operating hours may be limited and the number of visitors restricted at facilities.

Hours of Operation:

Templeton Center is open daily, Monday–Thursday, 8:30am–4:00pm, and Fridays 8:30am–12:00pm, offering in-person registration and a variety of recreation programs. Health assessments and temperature screenings are required upon facility entry.

Miller Center remains open for business purposes only, Monday–Friday, 8:30am–12:30pm. A variety of in-person classes are being conducted at the center as scheduled. A recreation staff member will let participants into the building for programs occurring outside of the M–F business hours listed above. Any meetings outside of regular business hours must be scheduled by appointment. For questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment,  please call  (434) 455-5858.

Jackson Heights Art Studio is only open for scheduled classes, appointments, and open studio hours. To make an appointment, please call 434-455-5874.


 
As of August 17, 2020

We have classes and programs still running while continuing to adhere to the safety guidelines. The Miller Center is open for business purposes only, Monday–Friday, 8:30am–12:30pm. However, classes that have been scheduled at the Miller Center will continue to meet at the previously scheduled time. If you have any concerns, please give us a call at (434) 455-5858 during the business hours listed above.


 
As of June 30, 2020

We are slowly starting to reopen during the beginning of July. Starting tomorrow, July 1, classes and programs will begin for those that have registered. We will also begin the process of opening up the basketball courts, which will take a few days. Strict safety guidelines will be enforced. Please be mindful of our staff and other members by adhering to those guidelines.

Community Market
We appreciate the Lynchburg community’s support of small businesses and local farms. Stop by on Saturday for your weekly farmers market haul. We’re also still doubling all SNAP purchases at the Market; visit the customer service window in the back of the Market for more info. We are encouraging customers to pre-order from our vendors lynchburgcommunitymarket.com/preorder  and for all customers to wear masks at the Market while following all posted signage inside and out. The Gallery and Pride of Virginia are still closed. We are continually assessing reopening the Gallery and hope to be able to soon.

Neighborhood Centers
Neighborhood services will continue to be offered various outdoor programs and services at all six neighborhood center locations. Facilities will remain closed to the public at this time.

Templeton Center
The center will open with limited class sizes and restricted number of visitors in the building. Please call us with any questions prior to visiting (434) 455-4115.

Nature Zone & Ivy Creek Park
We will continue to limit the number of visitors to the Nature Zone. Please call the Nature Zone prior to your visit with any questions at 434-455-5828. We are continuing to limit the number of visitors to the cabin at Ivy Creek Park, as well. When visiting the Ivy Creek Park cabin to rent a kayak or canoe, please check in with staff upon entry for additional guidance. Please call the cabin prior to your visit with any questions at 434-455-5828 during weekdays and 434-385-4294 during weekends.

General Guidelines

  • Please wear a face mask
  • Please practice physical distancing
  • Please wash your hands
  • Please do a personal Health Screening prior to visiting. If you are sick, or exhibiting any symptoms, DO NOT visit our facilities.

 

While some of our classes and programs will be running, our buildings are still closed to the general public/walk-ins. We will update the public regarding our buildings as we move closer to fully reopening. All of our aquatics facilities are still closed, until further notice. Rentals are available again, including indoor and outdoor, with special guidelines.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (434) 455-5858 before you arrive, as there may be additional safety measures in place.

 

 
As of June 15, 2020.

Unfortunately, the basketball courts we closed due to COVID-19 on March 27 will need to remain closed until we enter into Phase 3. This is due to the continued restrictions, per the Governor’s office, during Phase 2. Please stay tuned as we will announce their re-opening when they are available. In the meantime, our parks and trails continue to remain open offering many outdoor activities for the people in our community. 


 
As of March 27, 2020.

Due to health concerns, sadly we must announce the decision to temporarily close all city basketball courts. This decision is effective immediately. Our crews will be taking down basketball hoops at all courts over the next few days. The nature of basketball as a sport does not allow for social distancing which is very important to doing our part to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Our parks and trail system are otherwise open and still offer all citizens many opportunities for recreation and enjoying our many natural resources. While at the same time, we strongly recommend to continue following the CDC guidelines of social distancing and hygiene.


 
As of March 25, 2020.

All classes, programs, and facilities (except for parks and trails) are closed/cancelled through April 30.


 
As of March 20, 2020.

All classes, events, and facilities (except for parks and trails) are closed/cancelled through April 6.


 
As of March 18, 2020.

The Miller Center, located at 301 Grove St., is closed to the public through March 31, 2020, in accordance with the recommendations from the CDC for the safety and health of our patrons, staff, instructors, and volunteers. This is a quickly changing situation and as such the opening date could be delayed or altered.

 


 
As of March 16, 2020.

All Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department programs and activities are suspended through  March 31. All rentals currently reserved through March 31 are being cancelled, however they will receive full refunds. We will not be accepting reservations for any date through May 15 at this point. We will continue to evaluate the situation daily and make changes as necessary. 

 
As such, the following facilities will also be closed through March 31:
• Templeton Senior Center 
• Jackson Heights Art Center
• Jefferson Park Neighborhood Center
• Diamond Hill Neighborhood Center
• College Hill Neighborhood Center
• Yoder Neighborhood Center
• Daniels Hill Neighborhood Center
• Fairview Neighborhood Center 

At this time,  all of our parks and trails are still open, including bathroom facilities and playgrounds. Our facilities’ staff have increased their efforts in sanitizing the high traffic area surfaces. Please keep  in mind, we are unable to sanitize playground equipment effectively. Playing on this equipment is at your own  risk. Please take measures to ensure your children are safe by following CDC guidelines listed below.  

 
We continue to ask those in our area to follow guidelines set by the CDC: 
• Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, using warm running water, soap and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds 
• Avoid touching your face
• When possible, practice social distancing and avoid handshakes
• Sneeze and/or cough into your sleeve or tissues
• Remain at home if you are showing signs of illness 

This is a quickly-changing situation; in the event that an entire season is cancelled, we will notify customers by email and/or telephone, and general notifications will be made via our social media pages and this website. Refunds will be issued for all cancelled classes. When it is decided for events and classes to resume a normal schedule, notifications will be made via email and/or telephone, as well as our social media accounts and this website. For additional questions, please call (434) 455-5858. 

 


 
As of March 13, 2020.

In light of recent recommendations for the health and well-being of our senior citizens, all Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department Senior Programs, as well as the Templeton Senior Center, are suspended through March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes our senior fitness program, Fit & Strong.

The Nature Zone located in Miller Center will be closed until April 3. The scheduled children’s programs with the Nature Zone will continue as planned until further notice.

The Art Expo hosted at the City Armory on April 4 has been postponed. If a makeup date is chosen, it will be announced on our website and our social media accounts.

The Square Dance scheduled for March 13 at the Aviary has been cancelled.

The softball tournament at Peaks View Park scheduled for March 14 & 15 has also been cancelled.

All Parks & Recreation based trips that were scheduled through March 31 are cancelled.

The Jackson Heights Art Studio is closed through March 31.

At this time, all of our parks and trails are still open, including bathroom facilities. Our facilities staff have increased their efforts in sanitizing the high traffic area surfaces. We are also providing disinfectants to those that are using our conference rooms and spaces in the Miller Center. Adult and children‘s recreation programs and classes are still being held as scheduled.

We will continue to evaluate the situation daily and make changes as necessary.

We continue to ask those in our area to follow guidelines set by the CDC: 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, using warm running water, soap and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • When possible, practice social distancing and avoid handshakes
  • Sneeze and/or cough into your sleeve or tissues
  • Remain at home if you are showing signs of illness

 

This is a quickly-changing situation; in the event that an entire season is cancelled, we will notify customers by email and/or telephone, and general notifications will be made via our social media pages and this website. Refunds will be issued for all cancelled classes. When it is decided for events and classes to resume a normal schedule, notifications will be made via email and/or telephone, as well as our social media accounts and this website. For additional questions, please call (434) 455-5858.