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Posted on: June 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] County Parks & Recreation Announces Phase Three Updates While Marking Park & Recreation Month

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As Loudoun County enters Phase Three of the Forward Virginia reopening plan, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) announces plans to reopen the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center and leisure pools. Adult day centers will remain closed under Phase Three.

Most PRCS facilities opened June 22 under Phase Two, with athletic fields and outdoor pools opening earlier. All PRCS programs are being modified in accordance with Phase Three guidelines, including enhanced cleaning and physical distancing of 10 feet during recreational activities.

What’s Open in Phase Three

  • Child care services are open at select community and recreation centers.
  • All aquatic, community and recreation and centers are open. Attendance is limited to accommodate physical distancing guidelines, including up to 10 feet during recreational use, in each designated area/room. Indoor pools are open for lap and recreational swim. Time-slot reservations are required at recreation and aquatic centers for pool and fitness area use.
  • Senior centers are open only for drive-thru congregate meal service for current participants with reservations.
  • Franklin Performing and Visual Arts Center is open with modified programming and attendance.
  • Summer programs are open. Details and registration can be found at
  • Athletic fields at PRCS park sites and LCPS school sites are open for permitted use by affiliated leagues. Baseball, basketball, cricket, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and softball can include drills, practices and games.  All other sports are limited to conditioning drills. Physical distancing of 10 feet should be maintained among instructors, participants and spectators during all indoor and outdoor recreational sports where practical. The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) of recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy (where applicable) or 250 persons. Attendees are limited to 250 for sports played on a field.
  • Basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, inline hockey rinks and Dulles Skate Park are open at 50% of minimum occupancy.
  • County parks are open for outdoor recreational and leisure use, with physical distancing and 250 or fewer people at each amenity/designated area.
  • Pavilions are open at 75% occupancy or 250 people, whichever is less.
  • Playgrounds are open.
  • Outdoor pools are open for lap and recreational swimming and exercise at 75% of minimum occupancy or 250 people, whichever is less or necessary to maintain require social distancing. Time-slot reservations are required.
  • Visitors to all PRCS sites are expected to follow physical distancing and other measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

What’s Closed 

  • Adult Day Centers
  • Franklin Park Pool splash pad and play features (slide, dump buckets, etc.)
  • Indoor leisure pool play features (slide, vortex, hot tub, etc.)
  • Climbing walls

“Moving into Phase Three at the start of National Park and Recreation Month in July seems fitting and allows more opportunities for citizens to enjoy our facilities and programs,” stated Steve Torpy, PRCS Director. “We are pleased to see many Loudoun families coming back to modified summer programs and look forward to Daze and Fest summer camps starting July 6. The safety of customers and staff remain our top priority and we will continue to act in accordance with recommended physical distancing and other guidelines,” added Torpy.

Complete details on Phase Three reopening plans can be found on the PRCS Closures and Operating Status page. For more information, email

Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19. Visit for information about how to protect yourself and your family and to sign up for notifications.


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