July Parks and Recreation Month Events

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Whether your recreation interests are in outdoor adventure and athletics, participating in art and dance programs, or strolling through our parks admiring nature,

National Parks and Recreation month logo with the words "where you belong"there is something Parks and Recreation offers you so that you may live a healthy lifestyle. 

Check out our list of fun activities happening throughout the month of July!


How To: Fitness Equipment

Join Cory Jeffries for a session on how to use the pieces of equipment in our fitness centers. Each participant will leave with a sample workout schedule that they can use. Location: Community Activities Center or Simms Center Email Cory.Jeffries@HarrisonburgVA.Gov to sign up Free (Registration Required) | Ages 15+


Workout Wednesdays

Each Wednesday in July (except 3rd of July) we will be offering a free outdoor fitness class. Join us from 5:30-6:30 at Purcell Park shelter 1 (by the basketball court).

Location: Purcell Park Shelter 1

Free (Registration Required) | Ages 15+

#221402A1 | W | Jul 10 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Fitness Fusion

#221402A2 | W | Jul 17 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Yoga

#221402A3 | W | Jul 24 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Fitness Fusion

#221402A4 | W | Jul 31 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Zumba


Free Pool Admission Time

Each Thursday in July City residents will get free entry to Westover Pool between 12pm and 3pm. ID with City address is required for free entry. Location: Westover Pool

Th | Jul 11 | 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Th | Jul 18 | 12:00pm - 7:00pm

 Th | Jul 25 | 12:00pm - 7:00pm


Creator Space

Let your creative side show! Join us at different parks each week this July and let your creativity take over! Youth can pick from our supplies to create whatever their imagination can think of.

Free | Ages 5 and older

Tu | Jul 2 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Ralph Sampson Park Shelter 1

M | Jul 8 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Purcell Park Shelter 2

Th | July 18 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Hillandale Park 12

M | July 22 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Dream Come True


Tree Identification Walk

Have you ever wondered what trees are in our parks? Join us for a casual walk through Hillandale Park as we discuss the different trees that are native to this area as well as learning to identify several different types of trees.

Free | All Ages

Tu | Jul 9 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Hillandale Park Shelter 12

Tu | Jul 23 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Hillandale Park Shelter 12


Story Time Under the Oak Tree

Join us under the Oak Tree by Shelter 12 in Hillandale Park for story time. In case of minor inclement weather we will move under the shelter or into the building at shelter 12.

Free | Ages 0 to 5

W | Jul 10 | 10:00am | Hillandale Park Shelter 12

W | Jul 24 | 10:00am | Hillandale Park Shelter 12


Tot Yoga

Join us under the Oak Tree by Shelter 12 in Hillandale Park for toddler/ preschool yoga. Incase of minor inclement weather we will move under the shelter or into the building at shelter 12.

Free | Ages 2 to 5

W | Jul 17 | 10:00am | Hillandale Park Shelter 12

W | Jul 31 | 10:00am | Hillandale Park Shelter 12


Fishing Fridays

Have you wanted to try your hand at fishing? Meet us by Purcell Park Pond at 9am and learn the basics of fishing. All fishing equipment is provided. Children 11 and under must have a guardian accompanying them.

Free | Ages 6-15

F | Jul 12 | 9:00am - 10:00am | Purcell Park Pond

F | Jul 26 | 9:00am - 10:00am | Purcell Park Pond



Have you ever played roundnet? Most people know this sport as Spikeball™. Well luckily for us, Harrisonburg is home to several ex-professional roundnet players. Join us at the Baseball field next to the Lucy F. Simms Center for an evening of roundnet. 6:30-7:00pm will consist of instructional time and then 7:00-8:30pm will be general play. We will be providing several Spikeball™ sets but feel free to bring along your own set if you would like.

Free | Ages 15-99

Th| Jul 11 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Simms Center

Tu | Jul 16 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Simms Center


Monday Morning Walking Club

Join us Mondays in July for a walking around the path at Heritage Oaks Golf Course. We will begin at 6:15am and conclude at 7:15am. Walkers must stay on the cart path and be off the paths by 7:30am at the latest. We will meet as a group in the golf course parking lot. Walkers may walk at their own pace or with the group. No dogs.

Location: Heritage Oaks Golf Course

Mondays in July | 6:15am - 7:15am 


For questions about Parks and Recreation Month activities, contact Harriet Flynn at Harriet.Flynn@HarrisonburgVA.gov.