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Director

Keith Owens

P: (276) 525-1385 C: (276) 356-8405
F: (276) 525-1309
E: kowens@washcova.com
Office Hours:
M-F 8:30am – 5:00pm
Office Location:
 
Government Center Building 
1 Government Center Place, Suite A
Abingdon VA, 24210

Programs Specialist

Katie Garrett

P: (276) 525-1387
F: (276) 525-1309
E:
khall@washcova.com
Office Hours: M-F 8:30am – 5:00pm
Office Location:
 
Government Center Building 
1 Government Center Place, Suite A
Abingdon VA, 24210

Department of Recreation

The County Department of Recreation works enthusiastically year-round hosting a variety of youth and adult recreational opportunities. These include sports clinics, youth sports leagues, road races, summer day camps, classes and more. This department is responsible for the maintenance of County athletic fields and parks and also manages reservations for picnic shelters. We welcome and encourage your participation!

Childcare Programs

Summer Play Days operates approximately 6 weeks during the summer at various Washington County elementary and middle schools.  Hours of operation are 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.  Rates are $50 per week ($10 per day) with some field trips at an additional fee.  Each day we provide structured activities such as sports, arts and crafts, field trips, swimming, and lots of exciting visits from various outside organizations!

A registration date is set each year, with either online registration or on-site registration.  For registration information, please contact Katie at (276) 525-1387 or khall@washcova.com.

After School Care is currently available at Abingdon Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Rhea Valley Elementary, and Valley Institute.

Our after school care operates immediately following the school day until 5:30pm, at your child’s school.  We offer snack time, homework time, crafts, organized games, movies, free play, and more! Fees are $30 per week/$6 per day.

Registration information is available through the Department of Recreation.

For a full view of policies and procedures, please view our Parent Handbook, listed below

Adult Programs

Unless noted otherwise, all adult programs can be registered for by contacting Katie Garrett at (276) 525-1387. Registration deadlines will be set by the Recreation Department and published in the Programs Brochure.  Payment for adult programs can be mailed or delivered to the Recreation Department.

League is open to anyone age 16 and up (under 18 does require parents/guardians signature.)  Roster must consist of at least 8 players, but no more than 20.  At least 4 of the players must be female.  Kickball ‘season’ will consist of 6-8 games, followed by a double elimination tournament.  Length of season and dates of tournament will be determined by the number of teams registered. Registration fee is $300 per team, for up to 15 players.  Additional players will be $20.00 per person.

Games will be played at 6:30 or 7:30,  on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, at Beaverdam Creek Park in Damascus or Leo Sholes Park in Glade Spring.

Registration is opened in the spring.  For more specific registration information, please contact Katie at (276) 525-1387 or khall@washcova.com.

Youth Programs

Unless otherwise noted, registration for youth programs will be held at the location (school) of the program. Date and time will be set by the Recreation Department and published online as well as in the Programs Brochure.  Payment for youth programs is due at the time of registration.  If you can not attend the scheduled registration, please contact Katie Hall at (276) 525-1387.

The Department of Recreation does not sponsor youth baseball or softball leagues directly, but does coordinate with our local volunteer organizations. All baseball and softball programs are sanctioned through Little League Baseball, Inc., depending on location.
For information on local Little League programs in your area, please see the contact information below:

Abingdon Little League:
Online:  Abingdonlittleleague.org or  Facebook: Abingdon Little League

Washington County Little League (Bristol area)
Online: Facebook: Washington County Little League

Damascus Community Little League
Online: Damascuslittleleague1.com

Glade Area Little League
Online: Facebook: Glade Little League

The basketball programs operated by the Department of Recreation are the youth basketball  in the Glade Spring/Meadowview area. We offer Youth Basketball for children in 1st/2nd grades, Junior League Basketball for children in 3rd/4th/5th grades, and Middle School Basketball for youth in 6th/7th/8th grades.  Our basketball season typically runs November – February, depending on age group.  For more information, please contact the Department of Recreation at (276) 525-1387 or (276) 525-1385.
There are other various organizations that offer basketball in our area. For more information on those programs, please see the contact information listed below:
 
Washington County Athletic Association (Bristol area) – Rhonda Gill (276) 949-9001
 
Upward Basketball (Abingdon and Glade Spring) www.upward.org
The Department of Recreation does not sponsor youth football leagues directly, but does coordinate with our local volunteer organizations.   Football and cheer are offered by individual organizations, depending on location.  For information on football and cheer in your area, please see the contact information below:
 
Abingdon Midget Football
 
Washington County Athletic Association (Bristol area)
Contact: Rhonda Gill 276-494-9001
 
Junior Cavs Football
 
Glade Spring Midget Football

The Department of Recreation does not sponsor youth soccer leagues directly, but does coordinate with our local volunteer organization, Southwest Virginia Rush. Infofrmation can be found online at:

https://www.swvarush.com/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swvarush/

BRITISH SOCCER CAMPS!  The Washington County Recreation Department has partnered with Challenger Sports to offer British Soccer Camps in Washington County this summer! For more information or to register, please visit

www.challengersports.com 

At this time, the Department of Recreation does not offer any youth volleyball programs.

The Department of Recreation proudly partners with National Alliance for Youth Sports to offer Ready, Set, Run! in the elementary schools of Washington County!

Ready, Set, Run! is a character-building running program that trains kids ages 8-13 to participate in a 5k run. This curriculum-based program equips kids with the physical training and goal-setting mentality needed to accomplish their running goals. Issues like enhancing confidence and self-esteem, respecting authority, dealing with peer pressure and fueling their bodies through proper nutrition are covered during the 12-week session. Above all, kids have a blast seeing what they are capable of achieving!

For more information on Ready, Set, Run! or to bring Ready, Set, Run! to your school, please contact Katie at (276) 525-1387.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Recreation distributes a brochure quarterly through all schools in the county. Press releases are published in local newspapers and on local cable television to announce program offerings.

Fees vary depending on the program. All fees collected from program participants are deposited into the County General Fund. Fees for children’s programs range from $6.00 to $25.00 per program. Fees for adult programs range from $10.00 to $50.00 per program.

Yes. Please contact the Department of Recreation for details

The only youth sport programs that are directly operated by the Department of Recreation are the recreational youth basketball program in the Glade Spring / Meadowview area and the youth volleyball program in the Abingdon/Glade Spring/Meadowview area. All areas in Washington County are served by volunteer organizations which provide quality youth sports activities. All baseball and softball programs are sanctioned through Little League Baseball, Inc. Other sports available depending on location include soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, and dance teams. Please feel free to call the Department for contact numbers for the youth sports group in your area.

Recreational facilities are maintained by various groups within the County.The Harry Coomes Recreational Center is operated by the Town of Abingdon. The contact number is (276) 623-5279.The Virginia Creeper Trail is maintained by the Town of Abingdon. The Town of Damascus, volunteer organizations, and the National Forest Service.Washington County Park is operated by the Washington County Park Authority. The contact numbers are (276) 676-6215 or (276) 628-9677.Whitaker Hollow Park is maintained by the Washington County Recreation Department.Sugar Hollow Park is operated and maintained by the City of Bristol, VA Parks and Recreation Department. The contact number is (276) 645-7275.Other local parks and athletic fields are under the authority of the sponsoring town and/or athletic organization.

In 2000, Washington County entered into contract with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon of Knoxville, Tennessee for the completion of a recreational needs assessment study for the County. The study was completed in the fall of 2000. Washington County holds great potential for future development of a variety of recreational facilities, trails, and greenways.

Based on survey results, the order of most popular recreational locations is as follows:The Virginia Creeper Trail, The Harry Coomes Recreational Center, South Holston Lake, and Sugar Hollow Park.