Department of Recreation

1 Government Center Place, Suite A
Abingdon VA, 24210
Fax: (276) 525-1309
Office Hours:Weekdays 8:30am – 5:00pm

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 and pool events. We welcome and encourage your participation!


Keith Owens

Phone: (276) 525-1385
Email: Keith Owens

Programs Specialist

Katie Garrett

Phone: (276) 525-1387
Email: Katie Garrett

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: or  Facebook: Abingdon Little League

Contact: Steve Puckett 276-676-2381


Washington County Little League (Bristol area)

Online: Facebook: Washington County Little League

Contact: Ralph Price 276-591-9713


Damascus Community Little League


Contact: Melissa Vannoy 276-475-3043


Glade Area Little League

Online: Facebook: Glade Little League

Contact: Amanda Jones-Cregger 276-780-5999

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)
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
Contact: Jeremy Honaker
Washington County Athletic Association (Bristol area)
Contact: Rhonda Gill 276-494-9001
Junior Cavs Football
Contact: Damon Lester 276-525-0061
Glade Spring Midget Football
Contact: Maggie Williams 276-623-3087

The Department of Recreation does not sponsor youth soccer leagues directly, but does coordinate with our local volunteer organization, Highlands Soccer Club, Inc. Information about that club can be found at: or on Facebook: Highlands Soccer Club


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 

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.

Childcare Programs

Summer Play Days operates approximately 6 weeks during the summer at various Washington County elementary and middle schools.  Hours of operation are 7:30am – 5:45pm.  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

After School Care is currently only available at Abingdon Elementary School.

Our after school care operates immediately following the school day until 5:45pm, 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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out what programs are offered by the Department of Recreation?

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.

Is there a fee for participating in County sponsored programs and how much is that fee?

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.

Are there scholarships available for citizens unable to afford registration fees?

Yes. Please contact the Department of Recreation for details.

Is Washington County responsible for the administration of youth sports activities?

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.

Who is responsible for the operation and maintenance of recreational facilities in Washington County?

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.

Does Washington County have a comprehensive plan for parks and recreation?

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.

What are the most utilized recreational locations in Washington County?

Based on survey results, the order of most popular recreational locations is as follows:The Virginia Creeper TrailThe Harry Coomes Recreational CenterSouth Holston Lake Sugar Hollow Park