Park Tips

These park rules and tips ensure that everyone who uses the parks can enjoy them to the fullest and stay safe. This information can also be found in the Henrico County Code. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

 

Enjoying the Parks


Park Hours & Closures

Our parks are open 365 days/year, dawn to dusk, even if our offices are closed.

 

Dogs

Dogs are welcome to enjoy the parks with you, but must on a leash. Dogs can play off leash in our dog parks at Dorey Park and Short Pump Park.

 

Feeding Ducks

Per guidlines from VDGIF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we discourage the feeding of ducks, geese, and other animals in the parks.

Feeding wildlife leads to a variety of problems for both you and the animals, including:

  • bacterial and algal blooms in the water
  • wildlife nutritional disorders
  • larger populations of rodents and other pests
  • and an overabundance of animal feces.

We know that it’s fun to bring them snacks, but keeping the “wild” in the wildlife will keep you and the animals healthier.

 

Fishing

If you have a valid state fishing license and abide by Virginia’s fishing regulations you are welcome to fish in our parks. Note: there are a few park areas where fishing is prohibited. Be mindful of signage to avoid a fine.

Parks where you can fish include:

Several of our ponds and lakes are periodically stocked by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. We are not provided with this schedule, as it can depend on a number of factors. For more information on the stocking schedule, you can visit VDGIF’s website or give them a call at (804) 367-1000.

 

Venomous/Poisonous Animals

There are just two venomous animals common in this part of Virginia: the black widow spider and the Eastern Copperhead snake.

Black Widow Spiders

Black widows are native to Virginia, but bites are still quite rare. The best and most effective way to prevent coming into contact with a black widow is to avoid reaching your hands or feet into somewhere you can’t see clearly (a log, a rocky crag, etc.).

Black widow bites can be quite painful, but most do not require special treatment. Children, elderly, adults with weakened immune systems, and those who have not had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years should see a doctor if bitten to prevent complications. Read more about black widows on Poison Control’s website.

Copperheads

Henrico is home to just one type of venomous snake: the Eastern Copperhead. Copperheads live in wooded areas and are generally calm-natured; they would rather lay still and attempt to remain hidden than to bite you, but will strike if stepped on or otherwise threatened. Stay on park paths and avoid thick vegetation to minimize your chance of encountering one. Read more about how to identify copperheads and what to do if you encounter one in our Copperhead Fact Sheet.

 

Swimming

We do not have any swimming areas in our parks. However, children may enjoy our spraygrounds at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Short Pump Park, and Twin Hickory Park.

 

Boats, Canoes, RC Boats, etc.

We don’t allow the use of RC boats in our ponds, lakes, or waterways. We do allow the use of human-sized boats at Deep Bottom Park & Boat Landing and Osborne Park & Boat Landing. Canoe/kayak launches can also be found at these two sites.

 

Drones

If you have a drone, you may use it in any of our parks. We do ask that you remain mindful of the safety of yourself and others and only operate drones in open fields, away from others.

 

Camping

We do not maintain any camping areas in the county. All of our parks are closed after sunset.

 

Alcohol

Alcohol is not permitted in our parks or recreation centers.

 

Recreation Facilities


Reserving a Recreation Facility/Shelter/Gazebo

Check out our guides for reserving a recreation facility or shelter/gazebo for details. Our rentals are open to everyone, both Henrico residents and non-residents. We do not offer recreation center memberships.

 

Reserving an Athletic Field or Gym

To formally reserve an athletic field or gym space, reach out to one of our Sports League Coordinators by calling (804) 652-1405 or emailing sports@henrico.us. Our fields and gyms are public spaces that are first-come, first-served, unless they have been reserved with us ahead of time.

In addition to the athletic spaces in our parks and recreation centers, the newly-renovated turf fields at Freeman High School, Hermitage High School, and Varina High School are available for reservations on the weekends during the school year, and Monday-Friday during the summer.

Note: reservations at Glover Park operate slightly differently than our other athletic spaces, so be sure to visit the Glover Park page to learn more.

 

Gym Memberships

Memberships to our gym at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, also known as “Fitness Passes,” are available to all Henrico residents 16 & up.

Fitness Passes are $120/year ($10/month) for individual passes and $240/year ($20/month) for family passes. Passes include all fitness programs held at EHRC. Complete the Fitness Access Application, PAR-Q, and sign the Fitness Center Access Agreement to join.

 

Registration

Registration dates for our classes and summer camps are posted on the Registration page of our website. Once registration is open, you can sign up for any available program up to one business day prior to the start date.

To learn more about signing up for a Youth or Adult Sports Association, visit our Sports page.

Contact Us

Recreation and Parks

Physical Address
6800 Staples Mill Road
Henrico, VA 23228

Phone
(804) 501-7275
Inclement Weather Hotline
(804) 501-5132

Fax
(804) 501-5284

recandparks@henrico.us

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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