Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation wants to help you keep your mind and body active while feeling "safer at home". Check out our Virtual Programming 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 are open. Reopening details and social distancing guidelines are 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.


James City County Parks & Recreation will launch PerfectMind, a new online registration system, on Sept. 15. 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. In preparation for the launch, patrons are able and encouraged to create their new accounts now in the in PerfectMind system. Even if you already have a RecTrac account, you’ll need to create a PerfectMind account to conduct Parks & Recreation transactions after Sept. 11.

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 

Please Note: The Parks & Recreation registration system will be down during the transition to PerfectMind. The transition, or down period, is Friday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. and includes all online, phone and in-person registrations. Parks & Recreation will be unable to process any transactions during this period.

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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